Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Tories "in it together" with underage drink sales

David Cameron spoke out against the evil of shops selling alcohol to kids yesterday saying:

"We're only going to [crack crime] when the country comes together, when shopkeepers stop selling alcohol to kids..."

He also proposed raising the maximum fine for this to £20,000, saying that "we're all in this together."

Which is strange really, given that his party is fielding this candidate in Bexley:

"A TORY candidate in the upcoming borough elections has had his shop’s drinks licence suspended for three months because of underage sales.

Jarnail Singh, known to his customers and fellow shopkeepers in Nuxley Road, Belvedere, as Mick Singh, appeared before a Bexley Council licensing sub-committee last week.

Bexley police asked for a review of his licence to sell alcohol at his Newscentre shop in Nuxley Road, after it failed a test purchase in December last year.

Sub-committee members heard how the 15-year-old boy was able to buy six cans of Guinness without being asked for any ID."

Mick is also facing prosecution for selling a box of fireworks to an underage boy.

He also once received a fixed penalty notice for selling six bottles of Smirnoff Ice to a 16 year old girl.

He will stand for the Conservatives in Belvedere next month.


Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Oh brilliant, a grand old bit of Tory hypocrisy, presume he won't be standing now then? After Labour had to get rid of that goon who tweeted daft stuff?

AdamB said...

Well he's on the nomination papers so presumably they're sticking by him.

Tom Fox said...

I thought I remembered when I sat the license exam that the maximum fine already is £20,000.

AdamB said...

That's the maximum fine for breaching licensing conditions, but the specific fine for repeatedly selling to minors is currently lower I believe.