Richard Ottaway

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Richard Ottaway was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Croydon South (England) from 1992 to 2015.1

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

In May 2011, Ottaway accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show worth £1,150 from Japan Tobacco International (JTI).2
JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.3 For more details, see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK

Voted Against Bill Banning Smoking in Cars Carrying Children

In June 2011, he 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 Tobacco Display Ban

In December 2010, he signed a letter demanding that the UK Government reconsider the tobacco display ban.6

Against Indoor Smoking Ban

In September 2010, Ottaway signed an Early Day Motion calling for a review of the smoking ban.7
In October 2010, he voted for the smoking ban to be overturned.8

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Richard Ottaway on TheyWorkForYou website.

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  1. UK Parliment Website MPs, Lords and Offices, accessed May 2015
  2. House of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members’ Financial Interests – as at 13th December 2011’ (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed 15 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 16 December 2011
  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 17 December 2011
  6. P. Goodman, ‘Fifty Conservative MPs demand a free vote on shop tobacco display ban’, ConservativeHome website, 18 December 2010, accessed 19 December 2011
  7. House of Commons website,, Early day motion 406 – REVIEW OF SMOKING BAN IN PUBS AND CLUBS, 6 July 2010, accessed 17 December 2011
  8. 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 website, 14 October 2010, accessed 19 December 2011