How can an MP avoid declaring an interest before their particularly ill-tempered debate interventions on behalf of the tobacco industry? When they’ve given those free hospitality tickets to a member of their staff!
Parliamentary registers reveal corporate tickets to Kings of Leon and Girls Aloud, receptions and a dinner and viewings at the Royal Academy were given to one of Davies’ researchers — all courtesy of the generous chaps at Japan Tobacco:
But this makes a welcome change from Davies’ previous conduct. He was forced to apologise to the Commons and colleagues on a select committee last year after failing to declare hospitality from Ladbrokes before quizzing the bookmaker’s chief executive.
Not that this has put the industry off using Davies — who is a former bookmaker himself. Scrapbook’s Westminster spies secured this recent snap of him with Dirk Vennix, CEO of the Association of British Bookmakers, Andrew Lyman head of public affairs at William Hill and Ciaran O’Brien head of public affairs at Ladbrokes.
Looks like a proper strategy meeting!