Cheryl Gillan

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Cheryl Gillan is the Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham and the Secretary of State for Wales.

Tobacco Hospitality

In May 2011 Gillan accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and lunch, worth £1,132.80. While this was declared in the Wales Office’s register of hospitality, she did not declare it in the House of Commons Register of Members' Financial Interests.[1][2] Gillan was criticised for accepting hospitality from JTI by Labour MP Nia Griffith, the shadow Wales Office minister.[3]

JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.[4] For more on this see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

In June 2011 Gillan also accepted a theatre ticket and dinner from the lobbying company Bell Pottinger whose clients include Imperial Tobacco. Again, this was not declared in the House of Commons Register of Members' Financial Interests.[1]

External Resources

Profile of Cheryl Gillan on TheyWorkForYou website.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wales Office, Hospitality register for Secretary of State (Cheryl Gillan) Q2 2011 (.csv file), 12 December 2011, accessed 17 December 2011
  2. House of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members' Financial Interests - as at 13th December 2011’ (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed 15 December 2011
  3. BBC News, 'Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan in tobacco hospitality row', Website, 13 December 2011, accessed 17 December 2011
  4. Miles Goslett and Keith 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