Michael Ellis

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Michael Ellis became the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Northampton North (England) in May 2010.

In January 2018, Ellis became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

Previously, he served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (July 2016-2018) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary (June 2015-July 2016).

Relationship with the Tobacco industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

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

JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.[2]

For more, see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Opposed Tobacco Control Measures in the UK

Initially Against Ban on Smoking in Cars Carrying Children

In June 2011, Ellis voted against a Private Member’s Bill banning smoking in cars carrying children.[3] The bill was supported by the British Lung Foundation.[4] However, in February 2014 he voted in favour of an amendment to the Government’s Children and Families Bill, which made it an offence to smoke in a vehicle when a person under 18 was present.[5]

Against Tobacco Display Ban

In December 2010, Ellis signed a letter demanding the Government reconsider the tobacco display ban.[6] (In 2019 this letter was no longer available on the Conservative Home website)

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Michael Ellis on TheyWorkForYou website.

Notes

  1. House of Commons Publications, Register of Members' Financial Interests - as at 13th December 2011 (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed May 2019
  2. 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 May 2019
  3. Hansard, Smoking in Private Vehicles bill first reading in the House of Commons, 22 June 2011, accessed May 2019
  4. British Lung Foundation, Smoking in cars ban – a personal thank you, Press Release, 1 October 2011, accessed May 2019
  5. Children and Families Bill — Offence of Smoking in a Private Vehicle When A Person Under 18 is Present, They Work For You.com, 10 February 2014, accessed May 2019
  6. P. Goodman, 'Fifty Conservative MPs demand a free vote on shop tobacco display ban', ConservativeHome website, 18 December 2010, accessed 19 December 2011