Polly fuming over JDP “smoking” vote

pollynhs2POLLY Billington, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Thurrock has blasted MP Jackie Doyle-Price for voting to allow parents to continue smoking in cars with children.

On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly (375 to 106) to prohibit smoking in cars with children present with MPs from all parties voting to support the Labour-backed amendment. Jackie Doyle-Price was one of only 106 MPs to refuse to support the amendment.

300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital. Second hand smoke has been linked with chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.

Polly Billington said: “I’m absolutely disgusted by Jackie Doyle-Price’s decision to support the continuation of smoking in cars with children.

“Thurrock has got a real problem with smoking rates – it’s one of the biggest public health risks that the borough faces. And the health risks to children from second-hand smoke are incredibly high, particularly smoking in an enclosed place like a car.

“Jackie Doyle-Price needs to explain why it is, that she thinks that putting children at risk this is acceptable.”

 

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