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The consequences of over-regulation are obvious in my own constituency and plain packaging is another example of such simplistic and lazy policy making.

The consequences of over-regulation are obvious in my own constituency and plain packaging is another example of such simplistic and lazy policy making.

The consequences of over-regulation are obvious in my own constituency and plain packaging is another example of such simplistic and lazy policy making.

As the MP for North Antrim, I am still reeling from the news that 1,000 jobs in my constituency are set to be lost with the closure of the JTI/Gallaher tobacco factory. The devastation that this will cause to the area cannot be overstated.

There are some who would see this as the inevitable fallout from the decline in smoking rates, but in truth much of the blame lies with the over-regulation of the tobacco industry, and those who championed it.


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