Labour's rejection of minimum pricing as a measure to address Scotland's drinking culture will cost lives.

If that is not enough, the misuse of alcohol will continue to blight our communities with anti-social behaviour, assaults and domestic violence, bringing misery on a daily basis.

Labour say it was an attack on the poor, but the very people they say they protect, are the same people who are suffering from the effects of cheap alcohol.

In West Dunbartonshire, we are at the top of all the wrong charts - more licenced premises per head of population apart from Glasgow, more alcohol related illness than anywhere in the UK, and premature death rates due to alcohol abuse in some parts of West Dunbartonshire, worse than many Eastern European countries.

The Labour Party had the opportunity to join the SNP in addressing our national drink problem.

Des McNulty should hang his head in shame.