Karl McCartney was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln, England, from May 2010 to June 2017.
- 1 Relationship with the Tobacco Industry
- 2 Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK
- 3 TobaccoTactics Resources
- 4 Relevant Link
- 5 Notes
Relationship with the Tobacco Industry
Accepted Tobacco Hospitality
Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK
Voted Against Amendments to Children and Families Bill 2014
In February 2014, McCartney was one of only 24 MPs who voted against tabled amendments to the Children and Families Bill which would enable the UK government to:
- 1. Introduce regulations requiring plain packaging for tobacco products;
- 2. Introduce regulations making it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to children under 18;
The Bill was passed with 453 MPs voting in favour of the amendments.
Against Plain Packaging
- “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.”
Against Display Ban
Against SmokeFree Legislation
In October 2010, McCartney voted for the smoking ban to be overturned.
- Japan Tobacco International
- Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians
- Plain Packaging in the UK
- Display Ban
Profile of Karl McCartney on TheyWorkForYou website.
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- Hansard,Children and Families Bill (Programme No. 3), House of Commons Debates, 10 February 2014, accessed February 2015
- S. MacGuill. House of Enablers – Does anything now go for tobacco control in the UK? Euromonitor International, 11 February 2014
- Smokefree Action Coalition. SFAC welcomes Parliament’s support for a package of measures to reduce smoking and protect children. Smokefree Action Coalition News, 10 February 2014
- 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
- P. Goodman, Fifty Conservative MPs demand a free vote on shop tobacco display ban, ConservativeHome, 18 December 2010, accessed December 2011
- 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, 14 October 2010, accessed December 2011