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PM threatens to revoke licence for irresponsible retailers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned retailers that they face losing their licence if they sell alcohol to underage drinkers.

In his first speech as PM at a Labour conference, he told delegates: "Binge drinking and underage drinking that disrupt neighbourhoods are unacceptable.

"To punish: Let me tell the shops that repeatedly sell alcohol to those who are under age - we will take your licences away."

The PM added that councils should use new powers to ban alcohol in trouble spots.

He also called on the industry "to do more to advertise the dangers of teenage drinking".