Crispin Blunt

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Crispin Blunt is the Conservative MP for Reigate, and has been Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Justice since 14 May 2010.

Tobacco Hospitality

In October 2011 the Daily Mirror slammed Tory minister Crispin Blunt for accepting lavish hospitality from tobacco giant Japan Tobacco International which owns brands including Benson & Hedges. Japan Tobacco makes four out of 10 cigarettes sold in the UK. According to the paper Crispin Blunt was given VIP treatment at an England v India Test in August, worth about £700. Mr Blunt´s trip was revealed in the latest Commons Register of Financial Interests. He declared: "Hospitality - visit to the test match cricket at the Oval. Value: £694.80 (inc VAT)."[1] Mr Blunt told the paper: "My commitment to cricket is well known. There was no identifiable conflict of interest. Advice was sought and appropriate declarations made".

Labour MP John Robertson said: "Politics should be clean of this kind of vested interest". [2]

External Resources

Profile of Crispin Blunt on TheyWorkForYou website.

Notes

  1. House of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members' Financial Interests - as at 13th December 2011’ (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed 15 December 2011
  2. James Lyons, Tory minister Crispin Blunt slammed for accepting lavish hospitality from tobacco giant the Daily Mirror, 7 October 2011, accessed February, 2012