Simon Danczuk

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Simon Danczuk was the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale (Greater Manchester, England) from 2010 to 2017.

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

Whilst serving as MP, Danczuk took hospitality from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) on two occasions.12
In October 2015, Danczuk accepted one Rugby World Cup 2015 ticket and hospitality from the tobacco company, worth £1,650.1 In August 2011, he accepted two tickets to the England vs India cricket test match at the Oval and hospitality from the company, worth £1,389.60.2
Danczuk’s actions breached the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), to which the UK Government is a signatory. The Framework states 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”.3
According to a news report, JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in 2011, the year that the UK Parliament voted on a law banning smoking in cars.4 For more details, see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK

Voted For and Against Smoking Ban in Cars

In June 2011, Danczuk voted against a Private Member’s Bill banning smoking in cars carrying children.5 The bill was supported by the British Lung Foundation.6
However, three years later he supported a new bill which required private vehicles to be smoke-free when there was a person under the age of 18 in the vehicle. 7

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Simon Danczuk on TheyWorkForYou website.

TCRG Research

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  1. abHouse of Commons Publications, Register of Members’ Financial Interests as at 6 June 2016, 6 June 2016, accessed November 2017
  2. abHouse of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members’ Financial Interests – as at 13 December 2011, 13 December 2011, accessed November 2017
  3. Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 2008, accessed November 2017
  4. 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 November 2017
  5. Ban on Smoking in Private Vehicles – 22 June 2011 at 12:46 , The Public Whip, undated, accessed November 2017
  6. British Lung Foundation, Smoking in cars with children, undated, accessed November 2017
  7. They Work For You, Children and Families Bill – Offence of Smoking in a Private Vehicle When A Person Under 18 is Present, undated, accessed November 2017