Medal for Stephen WHO?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:27
Simon Clark

Now here's an unlikely hero.

Our old friend Stephen Williams MP is to receive a medal later today for his part in the war on tobacco.

It will be presented by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in honour of Stephen's efforts on tobacco control.

These include chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health.

Helping to launch Plain Packs Protect, the piss poor taxpayer-funded campaign that failed to persuade the UK Government to adopt plain packaging.

And, er, that's it.

(If there's anything else I'll happily update this post. Perhaps someone could send me the citation, if there is one.)

I don't know but I assume the 'presentation' will take place at a meeting of the APPG (run by fake charity ASH) at the House of Commons.

For the record, APPGs are "informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament".

Meetings could be held in the Dog & Duck and it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.

Anyway I look forward to Stephen tweeting or posting a photo of his medal later today.

Apparently he was on the radio this morning "gushing" about it so it would be churlish not to congratulate him on his achievement.

Whatever that is.

PS. Two years ago ASH was also awarded a medal by WHO, to mark the group's 40th birthday.

I published a photo on this blog and commented, "Doesn't look the most exciting occasion, does it?"

Come on, ASH. A glass of champagne and a few canap├ęs wouldn't go amiss. A stage, perhaps, lights, live music ...


Update: "Delighted to be awarded world health org award for anti smoking work" (via Twitter)

Update: Williams has now tweeted a picture of himself with public health minister Anna Soubry and the words, "With public health minister @annasoubry, she backs my campaign for #plainpacks"

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