Crosby denies cigarette lobbying

Conservative election adviser Lynton Crosby has denied he has had "any conversation or discussion with or lobbied the Prime Minister, or indeed the Health Secretary or the health minister, on plain packaging or tobacco issues".

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'No conflict with ministerial code' in Crosby talks

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood told Labour he does "not see what purpose would be served" by an inquiry into claims that Tory adviser Lynton Crosby lobbied David Cameron over tobacco packaging.

In a letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband, who has demanded an inquiry, Sir Jeremy said:

Mr Crosby is not employed by the Government. He is contracted by the Conservative Party.

He has not been granted permission to have access to Government papers or attend Government meetings. Nor does he advise or lobby on Government business, such as the regulation of cigarette packaging or fracking.

His role, as I understand it, is to advise the Conservative Party and any meetings he may have had with the Prime Minister are on this basis, which is not in itself a conflict with the ministerial code.

– Sir Jeremy Heywood

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