The Scottish National Party (SNP) has insisted there is “growing support” in the drinks industry for its plan to introduce a minimum price on alcohol in Scotland. At its Westminster election manifesto, launched yesterday, it said its policy was “targeted on the cheap alcohol that fuels so much of the anti-social behaviour and violence on our streets”. The party added: “There is growing support, not only among health professionals and the police, but now also among the drinks industry including leading manufacturers and the licensed trade.” The ruling SNP’s plans for a minimum price have faced strong opposition in Scotland, where opposition parties have questioned its legality.

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