Tobacco vote postponed

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AN EU vote which could see up to almost 70 jobs being lost in Portsmouth has been postponed until October 8.

Euro MPs were due to vote tomorrow on whether to standardise cigarette packets and force tobacco firms to sell their products in plain, unembellished packets.

The changes, if passed, would see 68 jobs at Chesapeake Branded Packaging, in Hilsea, at risk of redundancy as the firm works on the specialised cutting of the packets, and an increase in counterfeiting.