MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has called on the Government to take action to curb binge drinking.
Latest Home Office figures show that there were 3,152 violent attacks in Solihull last year. Crime surveys carried out by the Government would suggest that almost 1,500 of these incidents would have been alcohol-related.
Now the shadow communities secretary is calling for tighter restrictions to reduce problems like under-age and late night drinking.
Mrs Spelman said: “Labour’s licensing laws are too lax. We don’t want a return to the old days where every pub shut at 11pm. But local councils like Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council need greater powers to tackle the binge-drinking and violence that plague our town centres. The reckless sale of high-strength, bargain-basement alcohol is damaging health and fuelling violence.”
Conservative leader David Cameron has laid out plans for how his party would tackle Britain’s drinking culture.
His plans would include more powers for local authorities and tougher punishments for those premises which sell alcohol to under 18s.