Mark Spencer

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Mark Spencer has been the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Sherwood (Nottinghamshire, England) since May 2010.

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

In 2012, Spencer accepted a ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show worth £594, and a ticket to the Freedom Dinner valued at £80, from Japan Tobacco International (JTI).1
In May 2011, he accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show from the tobacco company, worth £1,132.80.2
JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.3 For more information on the tobacco industry tactic to offer hospitality to those with influence over the passage of tobacco laws, go to Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK

Against Plain Packaging

Spencer was one of the 50 MPs who wrote to then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2012 expressing concern over the government’s plain packaging proposals.4

“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.”

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Mark Spencer on TheyWorkForYou website.

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  1. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members’ Financial Interests – 13 May 2013 report, 13 May 2013, accessed February 2015
  2. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members’ Financial Interests – 13th December 2011 report, 13 December 2011, accessed December 2011
  3. 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
  4. 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