The majority of MPs have voted in favour of creating a new law that bans smoking in cars when a child is present, and several Lincolnshire MPs voted against the move.
Changes to the Children and Families Bill were voted through by 376 votes to 107 in a commons debate on February 10.
Of the eleven MPs representing the greater Lincolnshire area, six voted against the ban – including Lincoln’s representative Karl McCartney.
The amendment to the bill would introduce a new clause titled “Protection of children’s health: offence of smoking in a private vehicle”.
The ban would see a £60 fine imposed on offenders, which supporters say is needed to protect children under 18 from the dangers of passive smoking.
Here’s how Lincolnshire MPs voted:
- Nick Boles (Conservative, Grantham and Stamford)
- Nic Dakin (Labour, Scunthorpe)
- Austin Mitchell (Labour, Great Grimsby)
- Stephen Phillips (Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham)
- Mark Simmonds (Conservative, Boston and Skegness)
- John Hayes (Conservative, South Holland and the Deepings)
- Edward Leigh (Conservative, Gainsborough)
- Karl McCartney (Conservative, Lincoln)
- Patrick Mercer (Conservative, Newark)
- Andrew Percy (Conservative, Brigg and Goole)
- Martin Vickers (Conservative, Cleethorpes)
Did not vote
- Sir Peter Tapsell (Conservative, Louth & Horncastle)
Doubt 1 person who voted against new 'law' thinks action is good idea, state intervention not our utopia. http://t.co/f8VzPNAofp sums it up
— Karl McCartney (@karlmccartney) February 11, 2014