Chancellor silences Hewitt over liquor tax hike

has slammed health secretary Patricia Hewitt for demanding a huge tax
rise on alcohol.

According to The Sun, a
furious chancellor insisted there was no way he would raise the duty on alcohol
after it was ramped on alcopops four years ago.

Hewitt was hoping a tax rise would stop teenagers binge drinking.

The call for a tax rise may hamper Hewitt’s hopes of staying in the
Cabinet if Brown becomes PM.

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