Parties, campaigners and traders react to failed e-cig ban

The Public Health Bill, which included proposals to ban the use of e-cigarettes in some public places, has failed. It comes after Plaid Cymru said it was withdrawing its support of the bill.

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Public Services Minister showed 'disrespect,' says Plaid

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Plaid Cymru has released a statement saying that they asked for the Public Health Bill to be withdrawn before the vote this afternoon and for the Assembly to be reconvened after Easter for a vote.

On the very last day of the Assembly, Leighton Andrews has shown a disrespect for parties and individual AMs seeking to create a consensus across political divides. He chose to belittle cooperation and put his own Government’s legislation in jeopardy. This afternoon, Plaid Cymru proposed to Welsh Government that the Bill should be withdrawn before the vote and that the Assembly should be reconvened immediately after Easter to vote on a Bill with all sections on e-cigarettes removed. Plaid Cymru would have supported that legislation

– Plaid Cymru spokesperson

This is the exchange that led to Plaid withdrawing its support of the bill.

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