MP tells 18-year-olds "No ID no sale"

14 August, 2007

MP Richard Burden is helping to spread the No ID No Sale message to young people in his area to help retailers selling age related products stay within the law.

The Birmingham Northfield MP has been writing to all 18-year-olds joining the electoral register in his constituency, reminding them how important it is to carry ID when buying alcohol or tobacco. Letters also enclose a CitizenCard application form.

Burden said: “It’s important that the laws on alcohol and tobacco are upheld, and there are stiff fines for shops that are caught selling to children. But I understand how difficult a No ID No Sale policy can be to implement, and I welcome the opportunity for all youngsters here in Northfield to get a CitizenCard. This will make their lives easier and in turn will help shop staff to stay within the law.”

Association of Convenience Stores member, Bharat Amin, whose shop, Jash, was visited by the MP said he strongly supported the government’s No ID No Sale campaign.

“We often get youngsters trying to buy alcohol or cigarettes. It’s very difficult to tell their real age so we have to ask for ID. Unfortunately, customers without ID often become abusive so to prevent this we hand out a CitizenCard application form and tell them to get a card,” he said.

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