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Conservative Party chair Michael Ancram has claimed he does not know whether the party continues to accept funds from tobacco companies.

At the launch of a policy review on smoking this week, Mr Ancram told HSJ that whether it did or not, 'we have always made clear to donors that we do not give anything in return'.

Shadow health secretary Dr Liam Fox called for harder-hitting anti-smoking advertisements at a press conference on Tuesday, but gave a lukewarm response to the government's advertising ban.

He said the Conservatives had 'no proposals to unpick the ban' because it was based on EU rules, but warned that the government 'may be expecting too much' from it.

Dr Fox also called for advertisements to focus on smokers in their 20s and 30s rather than teenagers.