Calling Time Campaign

Thank you for your email regarding the Calling Time campaign, which is calling on the Scottish Government to ban alcohol sponsorship of sport in Scotland.

Scottish Labour believe that action is needed to address the growing alcohol-related crisis. In our Scottish parliamentary manifesto, we committed to a new alcohol strategy that would focus on reducing consumption through licensing, marketing restrictions, labelling and affordability.

Whilst it is critical that robust steps are taken to tackle alcohol abuse, it is also important that policies are not adopted that would unduly hinder our key industries during a cost of living crisis.

The Scottish Government recently launched its consultation on restricting alcohol advertising and promotion. We await the results of this consultation, which we will review carefully as we develop our thinking around this proposal. Please be assured that Scottish Labour is committed to developing an alcohol strategy that is based on comprehensive research to tackle abuse.

I hope this information is of use to you.