Picture: The event was hosted by Gower MP Byron Davies (left), pictured here with NFRN National President Ray Monelle

Members of the NFRN’s National Executive Committee met with MPs and industry representatives at Parliament on the 14 November for a meeting to discuss the fight against the illicit trade in tobacco.

The meeting was addressed by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, former Chief Constable for Northern Ireland, who highlighted the role of international organised crime in the illicit trade and by Alex Wild from the Taxpayers Alliance on the over £2bn in lost tax suffered by the Treasury each year.

NFRN National President Ray Monelle told the meeting of the huge impact that the illicit trade has on independent retailers, damaging businesses that have been built up over many years and harming the communities that they serve.

Addressing the meeting, host Byron Davies MP, himself a former Metropolitan Police Inspector, stressed the importance of engaging with Members of Parliament and ensuring that members understand the cost, both to the Treasury and to retailers, of the illicit trade in tobacco.

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