Mark Field

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Mark Field is the Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster.

Tobacco Hospitality

In 2014, Field accepted two tickets for the Men’s final at the All-England Club, Wimbledon on 6 July 2014, and associated hospitality from Imperial Tobacco, valued at about £1,600 in total.[1]

Against Plain Packaging

Field has spoken out against the Coalition government's proposed plans to introduce plain packaging, arguing that they should be "resisted as a matter of principle by all Conservatives".[2]

He added that: "The enforced introduction of plain packaging would infringe fundamental legal rights routinely afforded to international business, erode British intellectual property and brand equity and would create a dangerous precedent for the future of commercial free speech."

Repeating many of the industry arguments on the issue, he also argued that "I suspect plain packaging will result in other sorts of negative impacts, including the increased health threat posed by counterfeit tobacco, the encouragement of smuggled products and damaging competition." [3]

External Resources

Profile of Mark Field on TheyWorkForYou website.

Notes

  1. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members’ Financial Interests – 9 February 2015 report, 9 February 2015, accessed February 2015
  2. M. Field, Mark Field MP: Plain packaging of cigarettes should be resisted as a matter of principle by all Conservatives, Conservative Home, 13 April 2012
  3. ITV, Conservative MP hits out against proposed plain cigarette packets, 13 April 2012