Therese Coffey

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Therese Coffey has been the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Suffolk Coastal in England since May 2010.

In July 2016 she became the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Life Opportunities.

Previously, she was the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (May 2015-July 2016).

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

In May 2011 Coffey accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show and hospitality from the tobacco company Gallaher, owned by Japan Tobacco International (JTI), worth £1,132.80.[1]

JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.[2] For more details, see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK

Against Plain Packaging

Coffey was one of the 50 MPs who wrote to then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2012 expressing serious concerns over plain packaging proposals.[3]

“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.”

Against Regulation for Smokefree Cars Carrying Children

In June 2011, Coffey voted against a Private Member’s Bill banning smoking in cars carrying children.[4] The bill was supported by the British Lung Foundation.[5]

Against Point of Sale Display Ban

In December 2010 Coffey signed a letter in demanding that the tobacco display ban be reconsidered.[6]

Against SmokeFree Legislation

In October 2010 Coffey voted for the smoking ban to be overturned.[7]

A few months earlier, in July 2010, Coffey had signed an Early Day Motion calling for a review of the smoking ban.[8]

Affiliations

Donna Edmunds, Director of Research at Progressive Vision previously worked for Coffey.

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Therese Coffey on TheyWorkForYou website.

Notes

  1. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members' Financial Interests - 13th December 2011 report, 13 December 2011, accessed December 2011
  2. M. Goslett, K. Gladdis, Tobacco firm gave thousands of pounds worth of hospitality to nine MPs who opposed smoking bill, Daily Mail, 23 November 2011, accessed December 2011
  3. M. Barrett, 34 Conservative MPs write to Andrew Lansley to express “serious concerns” about plain tobacco packaging, Conservative Home, 2 July 2012, accessed February 2015
  4. Hansard, Smoking in Private Vehicles bill first reading in the House of Commons, 22 June 2011, accessed 17 December 2011
  5. British Lung Foundation, Alex Cunningham MP successfully tabled a motion to stop smoking in cars with children, Press release, 22 June 2011, accessed December 2011
  6. P. Goodman, Fifty Conservative MPs demand a free vote on shop tobacco display ban, ConservativeHome, 18 December 2010, accessed December 2011
  7. J. Isaby, David Nuttall's attempt to relax the smoking ban falls at the first hurdle - but 77 Tory MPs vote for his Bill (with 38 opposing it), ConservativeHome, 14 October 2010, accessed December 2011
  8. House of Commons website, Early day motion 406 – Review of smoking ban in pubs and clubs, 6 July 2010, accessed December 2011