Cheryl Gillan

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Cheryl Gillan was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Chesham and Amersham (Buckinghamshire, England) in April 1992.

She served as Secretary of State for Wales (May 2010-September 2012) and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (December 2005-May 2010).

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Accepted Tobacco Hospitality

In May 2011, Gillan accepted two tickets and lunch at the Chelsea Flower Show from Japan Tobacco International (JTI), worth £1,132.80. While this was declared in the Wales Office’s register of hospitality, she did not declare it in the House of Commons Register of Members' Financial Interests.[1][2] Gillan was criticised for accepting hospitality from JTI by Labour MP Nia Griffith, the shadow Wales Office minister.[3]

JTI spent £23,000 entertaining MPs in the UK in six months during 2011.[4] For more information, see Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Gillan also accepted a theatre ticket and dinner from the lobbying company Bell Pottinger in June 2011.[1] Bell Pottinger clients included Imperial Tobacco. This hospitality was also in the Wales Office’s register but not declared in the House of Commons Register of Members' Financial Interests.

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Cheryl Gillan on TheyWorkForYou website.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wales Office, Hospitality register for Secretary of State (Cheryl Gillan) Q2 2011 (.csv file), 12 December 2011, accessed May 2019
  2. House of Commons Publications, ‘Register of Members' Financial Interests - as at 13th December 2011’ (pdf), 13 December 2011, accessed 15 December 2011
  3. BBC News, Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan in tobacco hospitality row, Website, 13 December 2011, accessed May 2019
  4. M. Goslett, K. Gladdis, Tobacco firm gave thousands of pounds worth of hospitality to nine MPs who opposed smoking bill, Daily Mail, 23 November 2011, accessed May 2019