BoJo and JoBi
Today marks the first official meeting of Boris Johnson and the new US President Joe Biden. They meet at the much anticipated G7 conference being held in the Cornish seaside town of St. Ives. The pair are set to elbow bump their way to a proposed ‘Atlantic Charter’. The Charter has been modelled on the post-war plan penned by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt which led to the creation of NATO and the UN.
The charter will dictate how we ‘build back better’ from the Covid crisis, deal with climate change and how to protect democratic values in an age of increased Sino-Russian aggression.
Additionally, Joe Biden is expected to raise some concerns over Brexit inspired tensions with Northern Ireland.
Hancock in the hot seat
Today Health Secretary Matt Hancock faced a four-hour grilling from MPs on the Health and Science Committee. He is expected to be answering allegations made against him by former adviser Dominic Cummings. The Health Secretary will be answering questions on PPE, lockdown timings and care home deaths.
The allegations made against him by Dominic Cummings were nothing short of explosive. We will have to wait and see if Cummings provides any evidence to support the potentially career ending claims.
Westminster Hall Debate on the Tobacco Control Plan
Today in Westminster MPs gathered to discuss recommendations to the forthcoming Tobacco Control Plan. Labour MP Mary Kelly Fox sponsored the debate. Many of the MPs are members of the APPG on Smoking and Health. Throughout the debate MPs gave recommendations, agreeing that e-cigarettes should play an important role in achieving the government’s Smokefree 2030 agenda.
During the debate, Mary Glindon MP gave an impassioned speech on the effectiveness of smoking cessation devices in helping to achieve this goal. JBP client the UK Vaping Industry Association were mentioned several times.
Charlie Souster Account Executive
Benedict Croft Researcher