A BARNSLEY MP has criticised the government for failing to outline plans in the Queen's speech to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes.

Dan Jarvis is pushing for more action to be be taken by the government to cut the number of people who take up smoking at a young age.

Mr Jarvis has entered into the ballot for a private member's bill and if successful has pledged to use the opportunity to introduce standardised cigarette packaging.

He said in Barnsley, smoking costs £73.5million each year and there are 485 adult deaths each but 951 children aged between 11-15 take up smoking. Approximately 1,100 between 10-14 are regular smokers.

"It's time action is taken to prevent the costs of smoking stretching further and further into the future," he said.

“We know advertising works and smoking kills - it’s time to do something about it.”