WEARSIDE soccer star Jill Scott joined ex-Black Cats boss Peter Reid as they lobbied Government ministers to bring in a minimum price for booze.
Fulwell-raised Jill, who now plays for Everton after leaving Sunderland Women, also joined former Labour Party press secretary Alastair Campbell and QPR’s ex-Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton for the 5k run which hope to get the attention of ministers attending the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
The famous faces were supporting a campaign by the charity Alcohol Concern, which says it would like to see minimum unit price on alcohol of at least 50p.
There had been plans within the Government to introduce a lower limit on the unit price of alcohol, but these were dropped earlier this year.
Instead, ministers said they would no longer allow alcohol to be sold at below the cost of alcohol duty and VAT.
Midfielder Jill, who starred for Team GB at the London games in 2012, also gave a speech on the importance of young people not turning to drink. The 26-year-old former Monkwearmouth School pupil said: “We all did a little off-the-cuff speech and I was happy to talk about why it (minimum pricing for alcohol) is a good thing. We just want to raise awareness about this. The culture now is to drink at almost every event, whether you are catching up with friends or whatever.
“A lot of it is down to peer pressure too, but I was away from that because of my football, which is important to talk about because it gives people another focus.”