MPs freeze out whisky tax plan at Westminster debate

By Calum Ross

Published: 09/01/2014

Liberal Democrat MPs for the north and north-east have piled pressure on the Treasury by throwing their weight behind calls to freeze “unfair” whisky taxes.

With dozens of distilleries in their constituencies, three senior party figures joined forces with Labour and SNP members yesterday to demand the whisky duty escalator be axed.

Sir Malcolm Bruce, Sir Robert Smith and Alan Reid all spoke out during a Westminster debate, in a move which increased the chances of the UK Government taking action.

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