Neil Hamilton is a former Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) from 1983 to 1997, when he lost his parliamentary seat after becoming involved in the Cash-for-Questions Affair.
In 2011 he was voted to sit on the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) National Executive Committee.
Links with the Tobacco Industry
- Hamilton was a member of pro-smoking group Forest for many years. It is unclear whether he still holds current membership.
- He was also for many years a member of the Tobacco Advisory Council, a British tobacco industry trade and lobbying group.
- From 1985 to 1989 he actively promoted the interests of American tobacco company UST in UK Parliament, whilst accepting hospitality from UST and being paid by lobbying firm Ian Greer Associates for introducing the firm to UST.
- Neil Hamilton, Appendix 34. Statement of Mr Neil Hamilton MP: Formal response to allegations of misconduct, 10 February 1997. In: Select Committee on Standards and Privileges First Report, accessed April 2012
- Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton elected to top UKIP body, BBC News 1 November 2011, accessed April 2012
- Lord Harris, Letter from Lord Harris of High Cross to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 26 February 1997. In: Select Committee on Standards and Privileges First Report, accessed April 2012
- Neil Hamilton, Appendix 33 Continued: Appendix 7 Commission Payments, 8 July 1997. In: Select Committee on Standards and Privileges First Report, accessed April 2012