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The Smokefree Councillor Network launched in February 2019 and is coordinated by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) with support from Fresh.

Ambition

Through concerted evidence-based action at international, national, regional and local levels, adult smoking prevalence has been reduced by over a quarter in the last decade to its lowest ever recorded level of 13.9% in England, saving thousands of lives and years lived with disability. However, smoking remains the largest cause of preventable death and disease and the single largest cause of health inequalities in England.

The Smokefree Councillor Network was established in recognition of the key role of local leadership in redressing these inequalities and achieving the Government’s ambition of delivering a Smokefree England by 2030.

The Smokefree Councillor Network’s aims are aligned with the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. The Declaration is a public commitment to a range of measures ensuring tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work and commits councils to taking comprehensive action to address the harm from smoking.

ABOUT THE NETWORK

The network is a cross-party group of elected members committed to achieving comprehensive local government action on tobacco and the elimination of the harm it causes in our communities. The network has launched with the membership and support of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board’s leadership:

"With smoking still the single largest cause of preventable death and disease across our communities, the Smokefree Councillor Network is a very welcome and worthwhile endeavour"
Counillor Ian Hudspeth
Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Oxfordshire County Council

Smokefree Councillor Network members

Name Local Authority
Cllr Richard Kemp CBEDeputy Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Liverpool City Council
Cllr Louise GittinsLeader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Poverty and Wellbeing, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cllr Bev CraigStatutory Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council
Cllr Susan MastersCabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Newham Council
Cllr Shaun TurnerCabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Lancashire County Council
Cllr Musarrat KhanCabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Kirklees Council
Cllr Gwen LunnCabinet Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Hull City Council
Cllr Maureen McLaughlinExecutive Board Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Warrington Council
Cllr Elaine CostiganSandwell Council
Cllr Judith LloydVice-Chair of Accounts and Audit Committee, Trafford Council
Cllr Margaret ThompsonJoint Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Kingston Upon Thames Council
Cllr Pat CallaghanCabinet Member for a Healthy and Caring Camden and Deputy Leader, Camden Council
Cllr Janet Burgess MBEMayor & Carers Champion, Islington Council
Cllr Kamran CaanCabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, Coventry City Council
Cllr Lynne CaffreyChair of Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Board, Gateshead Council
Cllr Gary HaleyCabinet Member for Children and Young People, Gateshead Council
Cllr Jackie FloydBlackburn with Darwen Council
Cllr Veronica JonesPortfolio Holder for Adult Wellbeing & Health, Northumberland County Council
Cllr Asher CraigDeputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities, Equalities and Public Health, Bristol City Council
Cllr David RocheCabinet Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Rotherham Council
Cllr Tobin ByersCabinet Member for Finance, Merton Council
Cllr Wayne FitzgeraldCabinet Member for Integrated Adult Social Care and Health, Peterborough City Council
Cllr Tracey DixonLeader of the Council, South Tyneside Council
Cllr Clair BellCabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Kent County Council
Cllr Jim BeallCabinet Member for Health, Leisure & Culture, Stockton-on-Tees Council
Cllr Ed DavieCabinet Member for Children and Young People, Lambeth Council
Cllr Rebecca CharlwoodLeeds City Council
Cllr Faith HeptinstallCabinet Member for Adults and Health, Wakefield Council
Cllr Richard HanniganDeputy Leader with responsibility for Adults and Health, North Lincolnshire Council
Cllr Jim Andrews BEMDeputy Leader with responsibility for Public Health, Barnsley Council
Cllr Nicolas BarlowCabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Dudley Council
Cllr Lucy HovvelsCabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Adult Services, Durham County Council
Cllr Karen GrinsellDeputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care & Health, Solihull Council
Cllr Lorraine TostevinDarlington Council
Cllr Alison GriffithsDeputy Cabinet Member for Place, Surrey County Council
Cllr Ben StokesCabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, South Gloucestershire Council
Cllr Anita SchaperChair of the Health and Overview Scrutiny Panel Chair and South West London Joint Health and Overview Scrutiny Panel, Kingston Upon Thames Council
Cllr Kate CernikChair of the Health and Overview Scutiny Committee, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cllr Andrea RobinsonPortfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Doncaster Council
Cllr Joanne HardingExecutive Lead for Adult Social Care, Trafford Council
Cllr Val ArmstrongCabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cllr Lorna FielkerSouthampton City Council
Cllr Chris KennedyCabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure, Hackney Council
Cllr Jo FarrellCabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Blackpool Council
Cllr Trish BradyNorth Tyneside Council
Cllr Janet CampbellCabinet Member for Families, Health & Social Care, Croydon Council
Cllr Simon JacobsCabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection, Wiltshire Council
Cllr Cem KemahliLead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Cllr Irim AliCabinet member for Community Services and Public Engagement, Newcastle City Council
Cllr Nurullah TuranExecutive Member for Health and Social Care, Islington Council
Cllr Carol RuncimanExecutive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, York City Council
Cllr Susan BainesPortfolio Holder for Wellbeing, Bolton Council
Cllr Jill RhodesChair of the Adults and Health Committee, Cheshire East Council
Cllr Lucia das NevesCabinet Member for Health, Social Care, and Wellbeing, Haringey Council
Cllr Bob LanzerCabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, West Sussex County Council
Cllr Neil NervaLead Member for Public Health, Culture & Leisure, Brent Council
Cllr Rachel BlakeDeputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, Tower Hamlets
Cllr Yvonne NolanChair of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, Wirral Council
Cllr Bernadette OliphantCabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Gateshead Council
Cllr Tony DiciccoCabinet Portfolio Holder Adult Social Care, Solihull Council
Cllr Khtija MalikExecutive Member for Population Wellbeing, Luton Council
Cllr Louise RichardsonLead Member for Health and Wellbeing, Leicestershire County Council
Cllr Kerri HaroldCabinet Member for Public Health and Tackling Inequalities, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Cllr David BrakePortfolio Holder Adults’ Services, Medway Council
Cllr Brian FordCabinet Member for Adults & Health, Swindon Borough Council
Cllr Irene WalshCabinet Member for Integrated Adult Social Care, Health and Public Health, Peterborough Council
Cllr Rebecca LanningCabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Merton Council
Cllr Anne HetheringtonLead Member of the Cabinet for Independence and Wellbeing, South Tyneside Council
Cllr Charlie EdwardsLancashire County Council
Cllr Frazer LakeCabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Liverpool City Council
Cllr Cheryl NevinCabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health Integration, Southend on Sea Borough Council
“As Cabinet member for Health and Social Care and Mental Health Champion for Birmingham City Council, I am committed to tackling smoking, the largest driver of the 10-20 year reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions. I am proud to be joining the Smokefree Councillor Network.”
Councillor Paulette Hamilton
Vice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Birmingham City Council

Join the Smokefree Councillor Network

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Resources for members

Tools and resources for Smokefree Councillor Network members