Against SmokeFree Legislation
Binley supported the Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign which proposed that the public smoking ban in the UK "is excessive and should be amended". The campaign is run by Forest, a tobacco industry funded campaign group.
On 6 July 2010, Binley tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons calling for a review of the smoking ban. Binley said:
- ”Many pubs and clubs are finding it difficult dealing with the economic situation; the smoking ban has further impacted on many businesses and the trade is really struggling. I want to consider a balanced and proportionate amendment to the legislation, which allows for segregated smoking rooms or areas within pubs, bars and clubs provided that effective smoke extraction systems of an authorised standard are installed.”
Against Point of Sale Display Ban
In December 2010, he signed a letter demanding that the tobacco display ban be reconsidered.
Against Plain Packaging
Binley was one of the 50 MPs who wrote to the then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2012 expressing serious concerns over plain packaging proposals.
- "There is no reliable evidence that plain packaging will have any public health benefit; no country in the world has yet to introduce it. However, such a measure could have extremely negative consequences elsewhere. The proposal will be a smuggler’s charter. … this policy threatens more than 5,500 jobs directly employed by the UK tobacco sector, and over 65,000 valued jobs in the associated supply chain. … Given the continued difficult economic climate, businesses should not be subjected to further red tape and regulation"
In February 2014, Binley was one of only 24 MPs who voted against tabled amendments to the Children and Families Bill which would enable the UK government to:
- 1. Introduce regulations requiring plain packaging for tobacco products;
- 2. Introduce regulations making it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to children under 18;
A massive 453 MPs voted in favour of the amendments.
Tobacco Industry Hospitality
Profile of Brian Binley on TheyWorkForYou website.
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