Jim Dowd

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Jim Dowd is the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge.

Against SmokeFree Legislation

In July 2010 he signed an Early Day Motion calling for a review of the smoking ban.[1]

Voted Against Amendments to the Children and Families Bill 2014

In February 2014, Dowd was one of only 24 MPs who voted against tabled amendments to the Children and Families Bill which would enable the UK government to:[2]

1. Introduce regulations requiring plain packaging for tobacco products;
2. Introduce regulations making it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to children under 18;
3. Make it an offence for an adult to buy cigarettes for anyone under the age of 18 (proxy purchasing).[3][4]

A massive 453 MPs voted in favour of the amendments.

Tobacco Hospitality

In May 2011 he accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show from Japan Tobacco International, worth £1,132.80.[5]

JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.[6]

In 2012, he accepted two tickets and hospitality at the Chelsea Flower Show worth £1,188 from JTI.[7]

In 2013, Dowd accepted two tickets and associated hospitality for Glyndebourne Opera Festival at an approximate value of £1,533.32 from JTI.[8]

For more details, see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

External Resources

Profile of Jim Dowd on TheyWorkForYou website.


  1. House of Commons website, Early day motion 406 – Review of smoking ban in pubs and clubs, 6 July 2010, accessed December 2011
  2. Hansard,Children and Families Bill (Programme No. 3), House of Commons Debates, 10 February 2014, accessed February 2015
  3. S. MacGuill. House of Enablers – Does anything now go for tobacco control in the UK? Euromonitor International, 11 February 2014
  4. 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
  5. House of Commons Publications,‘Register of Members' Financial Interests - 13th December 2011 report, 13 December 2011, accessed December 2011
  6. 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 December 2011
  7. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members’ Financial Interests – 7 May 2013 report, 7 May 2013, accessed February 2015
  8. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members’ Financial Interests – 2 June 2014 report, 2 June 2014, accessed February 2015