Sir, There is no substance to the strange complaint of inappropriate conduct against public health minister Anne Milton by the NFRN. ('NFRN guns for Milton over links to ASH parliamentary lobbying', 25 June, ). Ms Milton did attend the APPG Smoking and Health meeting and presented ASH with a WHO award. She was not presented with an award by ASH. She did praise Kevin Barron MP who, as chair of the Health Select Committee, is well known to have worked hard both in public and behind the scenes to get cross-party support for smoke-free legislation.

Context may be helpful. The NFRN was recently exposed in The Guardian for concealing support from BAT for its campaign for the repeal of the display legislation. The NFRN was further embarrassed when its lobbyists, Hume Brophy, wrote to the All-Party Group on Smoking and Health to apologise for the covert lobbying.

Amanda Sandford, research manager, ASH