Baroness Wheatcroft

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Baroness Wheatcroft (Patience Jane Wheatcroft) is a British Conservative politician who has been in the UK House of Lords from December 2010.1

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

On 24 July 2014, Baroness Wheatcroft attended Glyndebourne Opera as a guest of Japan Tobacco International (JTI).23
The Glyndebourne Opera was not the first occasion to which Baroness Wheatcroft accepted tobacco industry hospitality.
On 6 June 2011, the Baroness and her husband were guests of British American Tobacco (BAT) at the Royal Opera and dinner afterwards.4
For an overview of UK politicians who have taken hospitality from JTI and other tobacco companies, go to Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.
Baroness Wheatcroft’s acceptance of tobacco industry hospitality contravenes the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), to which the UK has been a Party to since December 2004.5 Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the Treaty, recommend that Parties “should interact with the tobacco industry only when and to the extent strictly necessary to enable them to effectively regulate the tobacco industry and tobacco products”.6


Baroness Wheatcroft was previously a member of the Advisory Board of Bell Pottinger.7

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Baroness Wheatcroft on UK Parliament website.

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  1. House of Lords, MPs, Lords & Offices: Baroness Wheatcroft, UK Parliament website, undated, accessed November 2017
  2. House of Lords, Register of Interests 2 April 2015, UK Parliament website, accessed November 2017
  3. J. Gornall, Tickets to Glyndebourne or the Oval? Tobacco’s bid to woo MPs and peers, the BMJ, 23 May 2015, accessed November 2017
  4. House of Lords, Register of Lords’ Interests as at 10 January 2012, 10 January 2012, accessed November 2017
  5. United Nations Treaty Collection, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Geneva, 21 May 2003, undated, accessed November 2017
  6. World Health Organization, Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 2008, accessed November 2017
  7. S. Burne James, Public Relations PRCA members may employ peers despite apparent ban in code of conduct, PR Week, 26 October 2017, accessed November 2017