Downing Street has insisted that Conservatives' election strategist Lynton Crosby was not involved in the decision to put plain cigarette packaging on hold and had not lobbied David Cameron on the issue. A Number 10 spokesman said:
The Prime Minister has never been lobbied by Lynton Crosby on cigarette packaging. The important point to stress on this issue is that Lynton Crosby has had no involvement in the decision.
He is not employed by the Government. He is employed by the Conservative Party as an adviser to the Conservative Party. He doesn't have a pass for Downing Street. He doesn't have a desk at Downing Street. Does he attend meetings at 10 Downing Street? Yes, he does.
We had a consultation. There were a large number of responses. There were differing views and we have decided to wait until the emerging impact in Australia can be measured before a final decision here.