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Rishi Sunak disappointed that smoking ban will not become law

Announcing the election on Wednesday in Downing Street, the prime minister promised to “ensure the next generation grows up smoke-free”.

But speaking in Belfast as he continued his campaign tour of the UK, he said: “There is always a normal process at the end of a Parliament to see what legislation can be passed in the time available.”

On the smoking ban, he said he was “of course disappointed not to be able to pass it at the end of the session, given the time available.”

The Tenants Reform Bill, which was expected to pave the way to ending no-fault evictions in England, also looks set to fall by the wayside, despite the measure appearing in the UK’s 2019 election manifesto. the Conservatives.

Labour’s shadow housing minister Matthew Pennycook said: “The Conservatives’ decision to bow to vested interests and abandon their already weakened tenant reform bill leaves the promises they made to tenants in tatters. private five years ago.

The prime minister highlighted the passage of legislation to overturn the convictions of hundreds of deputy postmasters caught up in the Post Office Horizon scandal.

The Post Office Crime (Horizon System) Bill will receive royal assent on the last day of the Parliament session before the July 4 election, a period known in Westminster as the “washout”.

This involves intense negotiations between the government and the opposition to establish which bills can be passed in the remaining time.

The government has also promised to schedule a bill that will allow compensation to be paid to victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

Sunak said: “I am pleased that yesterday we passed the Horizon Bill to ensure we can deliver compensation and justice to the postmasters who were so badly affected by what I described as one of the worst miscarriages of justice we have ever had.” . I have ever known.

“Today we will debate bills that will ensure that the compensation authority for those affected by the infected blood scandal gets the justice they deserve. That is why we are moving forward.”

On Thursday, the prime minister said no asylum seekers would be sent to Rwanda under the government’s deportation plan before the election.

The flights will take off “if I am re-elected,” he said. The Labor Party has vowed to scrap the plan if it comes to power, describing it as a “scam through and through”.

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