Alex Cunningham, who is apparently the Member of Parliament for Stockton North, today moved the 'Smoking in Private Vehicles Bill' - a move to ban adults from smoking in their cars when children are present.
The bill passed the House of Commons by a margin of 78 to 66 but, due to the constraints of parliamentary time, it is unlikely to ever become law.
Big Brother Watch's position on this proposal is clear: MPs should stop treating adults like children. You control kids with little rules like this, not grown-ups.
Plenty of people don't want to have others smoking around them, and that's fair enough - but those who still wish to smoke should be free to do so in their own vehicles without interference from the nagging nanny state.
Alex Cunningham's Bill is just the latest move by the politicians to demonise smokers, a group of people who voluntarily choose to consume a perfectly legal product. What's next? A ban on the sale of cigarettes within a one-mile radius of schools? Banning people from smoking in the street? Introducing regulations on smoking in private residences?
Cunningham - and his colleagues - should back down.