Crispin Blunt

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Crispin Blunt has been the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Reigate, Surrey, in England, since May 1997.

He previously was the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (June 2015-July 2017) and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Youth Justice) Justice (May 2010 - September 2012).

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

In October 2011 the Daily Mirror slammed Blunt, then Tory minister, for accepting lavish hospitality from tobacco giant Japan Tobacco International (JTI) which owns brands including Benson & Hedges. JTI makes four out of 10 cigarettes sold in the UK.[1]

According to the paper 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)."[2]

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".[1]

Labour MP John Robertson said: "Politics should be clean of this kind of vested interest". [1]

For more information on the tobacco industry tactic to offer hospitality to those who could influence the passage of tobacco laws, go to Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Crispin Blunt on TheyWorkForYou website.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J. Lyons, Tory minister Crispin Blunt slammed for accepting lavish hospitality from tobacco giant the Daily Mirror, 7 October 2011, accessed February, 2012
  2. House of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members' Financial Interests - as at 13th December 2011’ (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed 15 December 2011