Crispin Blunt

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Crispin Blunt was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Reigate, Surrey (England) in May 1997.
He was Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (June 2015-July 2017) and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Youth Justice) in the Ministry of Justice (May 2010 – September 2012).

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

In October 2011 Bluntwas criticised for accepting hospitality from Japan Tobacco International (JTI)1
According to the paper Blunt was “given VIP treatment” at an England v India cricket test match, to the value of £694.80 . Blunt declared the gift in the Commons Register of Financial Interests2
Blunt responded: “My commitment to cricket is well known. There was no identifiable conflict of interest. Advice was sought and appropriate declarations made”.
Labour MP John Robertson said, at the time, that: “Politics should be clean of this kind of vested interest”.
For more information on the tobacco industry tactic to offer hospitality to those who could influence the passage of tobacco laws, go to Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Crispin Blunt on TheyWorkForYou website.

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  1. J. Lyons, Tory minister Crispin Blunt slammed for accepting lavish hospitality from tobacco giant the Daily Mirror, 7 October 2011, accessed February, 2012
  2. House of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members’ Financial Interests – as at 13th December 2011’ (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed May 2019