MP slams scrapping of smoke ban review

By James Wilmore

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A Tory backbencher has blasted a decision by senior members of his own party to abandon a planned review of the smoking ban. Brian Binley, MP for...

A Tory backbencher has blasted a decision by senior members of his own party to abandon a planned review of the smoking ban.

Brian Binley, MP for Northampton South, told The Publican​ he was "bitterly disappointed" at news of the review being abandoned.

"I appreciate it was a commitment of the previous government, but there are a sizeable number in the industry who are affected by that promise," he said.

"For them glibly to turn away from that position is unacceptable," he said.

The Department of Health confirmed this week - the third anniversary of the ban - there were now "no plans" for a review. Labour, when in government, had committed to a review of the ban after this period.

Binley, who is also vice-chairman of the All-Party Save the Pub group, said the original ban had been "draconian" and the measures introduced were like "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut".

He has previously called for the ban to be amended, to allow separate ventilated smoking rooms in pubs.

The MP, who is asthmatic and a non-smoker, added: "We need to look at this. They may say it's a cost-saving, but for who? What about all the pubs that have gone to the wall since the ban?"

Binley is also treasurer of the influential 1922 committee of MPs, which provides a link between backbench Tory MPs and the Conservative leadership.

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