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Lincolnshire MPs split on vote over ban on smoking in cars with children

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:

For

  • 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)

Against

  • 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)