Boris Johnson promises review on whisky duty during whirlwind stop in Speyside

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Tory party leader Boris Johnson visited Roseisle Maltings today in a whirlwind visit to Moray as part of his election campaign.

He was joined by Conservative candidate for Moray, Douglas Ross, and has promised to introduce a review on the duty paid on Scotch Whisky and other spirits if his party wins at the upcoming election.

Douglas said: “Moray is home to more Scotch whisky distilleries than any other part of Scotland and we have a booming gin industry so this announcement is major news for our area.

“Since my election as Moray’s MP in 2017, I have continually highlighted the importance of the spirts industry in Parliament and along with my Scottish Conservative colleagues, we were able to deliver a freeze on duty in the last two budgets.

“I’ve also been working closely with the industry to see what more we can do and this review is something they’ve been calling for.

“Thanks to the Prime Minister’s announcement in Moray, a future UK Conservative government has now pledged to roll out action immediately on this review. 

“It shows once again that a strong group of Scottish Conservative MPs will deliver for Moray and Scotland. By contrast, all SNP MPs deliver is more division.

“That is the choice at this election in Moray – the Scottish Conservatives who will stop a second independence referendum and support key Scottish interests or a Nationalist party led by Nicola Sturgeon who offer nothing but more division.”