MPs are left fuming by ‘crazy’ bid to ban e-cigarettes from the House of Commons, saying it would lead to a total ban at Westminster…
Speaker John Bercow is being advised to ban e-cigarettes from Commons:
- Plan is aimed at stopping those on tour groups from ‘vaping’ in Chamber
- One MP said it would lead to a total ban at Westminster, including offices
- Many MPs were outraged calling it a perverse result of the nanny state
Plans to ban e-cigarettes from the House of Commons have been attacked by MPs. Speaker John Bercow is being advised to outlaw the devices to bring the rules into line with the total ‘no smoking’ ban across Westminster.
The move, approved by one Commons’ committee, is aimed at stopping those on tour groups from puffing on an e-cigarette or ‘vaping’ as they walk through the Commons’ Chamber.
But one MP said it would likely lead to a total ban at Westminster – including in MPs’ offices. Last night, both Labour and Tory MPs voiced outrage at the move.
Labour’s Kevin Barron, former chairman of the Commons’ health committee, said: ‘We have to be very careful when people are coming off cigarettes and on to e-cigarettes that we encourage them – it’s better for their health.’
The Rother Valley MP and ex smoker said two million Britons are believed to use the devices, ‘and there’s no good evidence that e-cigarettes are being used by people to start smoking’.
Tory MP Philip Davies, who has never smoked, said: ‘This is crazy. Are the House authorities going to force them to congregate with all the smokers in those shelters? How will that help their health? This is a perverse consequence of the nanny state.’
But an MP on the Commons’ administration committee, which approved the draft ban plan, said: ‘It’ll apply to the Chamber and to the main areas seen by visitors and tourists when they come in. I can’t see a problem with that.’
A Commons spokesman said a final decision had yet to be made. Speaker John Bercow is being advised to outlaw the devices to bring the rules into line with the total ‘no smoking’ ban across Westminster
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Originally written by BRENDAN CARLIN