David Nuttall MP calls for end to pub smoking ban
Landlords should be allowed to decide for themselves whether to allow smoking in their pubs, a Greater Manchester MP has said.
David Nuttall, the new Conservative MP for Bury North, wants to overturn the smoking ban by introducing a Commons Early Day Motion next week.
Mr Nuttall said the legislation was partly responsible for the closure of dozens of pubs in his constituency.
"It's not just smokers, everybody loses out," he said.
Mr Nuttall's bill would exempt pubs and social clubs from the ban, allowing landlords and licensees to have dedicated smoking lounges for drinkers complete with smoke filters.
"I'm a devout non-smoker and wouldn't want to go back to the days when people were eating a meal and had smoke blown into their faces," said Mr Nuttall.
He added: "We do want to add an element of freedom of choice."
Susan Joyce, landlady of The Swan in Bury, backed Mr Nuttall's idea for smoking rooms in pubs.
"It's dreadful when it is windy and raining for people to smoke outside," she said.