Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers voted against car smoking ban

Times Series: Conservative MP Theresa Villiers said she felt it was difficult to distinguish between smoking in the car when children are present and at home Conservative MP Theresa Villiers said she felt it was difficult to distinguish between smoking in the car when children are present and at home

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers voted against a ban on smoking in cars carrying children because “the case wasn’t made for it”.

The Conservative politician was among the minority of Tories who opposed plans to introduce the legislation at a Commons vote on Monday.

The motion to amend the Children and Families Bill was approved by a majority of 126 Tories, plus all 202 Labour members and 41 out of 45 Liberal Democrats present.

Ministers now have the power, but are not compelled to, introduce the ban in England.

Opponents to the ammendment say the law would be impossible to enforce and is a move too far towards a nanny state.

Ms Villiers was among 100 Conservatives who voted against the law change during the ballot, which was won by 375 votes to 106.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said: “I considered the pros and cons of a ban carefully. On balance, I decided that the case wasn't made for a ban. I was concerned about how a ban would be enforced.

“I also felt it was difficult to distinguish between smoking in cars when children were present and smoking in the home.

“I believe that politicians shouldn't ban things unless there is a very clear and compelling case to do so. I didn't feel that there was in this instance so I voted against."

Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer voted in favour of the legislation, while Hendon MP Matthew Offord was absent from the vote.

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5:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Mr E Dance says...

An independent thinker. Absolutely nothing to do with the tobacco industry lobby, & their links to the Conservative Party, whatsoever.
An independent thinker. Absolutely nothing to do with the tobacco industry lobby, & their links to the Conservative Party, whatsoever. Mr E Dance
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5:33pm Sun 16 Feb 14

You don't fool me says...

Any normal person knows that smoking in a car with children in it, is a selfish & disgraceful thing to do! They are harming that child & it should be classed as abuse. This woman has shown she is not fit to represent families & more importantly young children. SHAME ON HER!
Any normal person knows that smoking in a car with children in it, is a selfish & disgraceful thing to do! They are harming that child & it should be classed as abuse. This woman has shown she is not fit to represent families & more importantly young children. SHAME ON HER! You don't fool me
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1:13am Wed 19 Feb 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Smoking is a disgusting act. It is dangerous. But it is also legal. We are sleepwalking into a nanny state where the individual no longer has to accept responsibility for his or her own actions. This whole bill (proposed by Labour) was gesture politics at its cynical worst. Passing laws which cannot be enforced is utterly pointless.
Smoking is a disgusting act. It is dangerous. But it is also legal. We are sleepwalking into a nanny state where the individual no longer has to accept responsibility for his or her own actions. This whole bill (proposed by Labour) was gesture politics at its cynical worst. Passing laws which cannot be enforced is utterly pointless. Don't Call Me Dave
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