Labour says it would reintroduce UK smoking ban for young people

(Alliance News) - The Labour party would revive UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's plans to ban ...

Alliance News 26 May, 2024 | 2:04PM
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(Alliance News) - The Labour party would revive UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's plans to ban young people from ever being able to legally smoke after they failed to become law ahead of the general election, a shadow minister has said.

The Tobacco & Vapes Bill was not included in the legislation that was rushed through by MPs ahead of Parliament being prorogued on Friday, during a period known as "wash-up."

Asked if Labour would reintroduce it, shadow work & pensions secretary Liz Kendall said: "If we're elected we will make that happen and make it less likely that young people will smoke than vote Tory."

Sunak, who surprised many in Westminster by calling a summer election earlier this week, said he was "disappointed" that the law would not make it on to the statute books before the July 4 vote.

The bill would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone born after January 1 2009, with the aim of creating a "smoke-free" generation, and had been seen as a key test of his personal legacy.

Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail on Friday, Sunak said the legislation was "evidence of the bold action that I'm prepared to take".

He added: "That's the type of pime minister I am. That's the type of leadership that I bring."

By Nina Lloyd and Richard Wheeler, PA Political Staff

source: PA

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