MORE than half the people polled in a survey by Labour MP Barry Sheerman are in favour of banning smoking in public places.
Mr Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, launched his poll of internet users in January to seek people's views on making offices, factories, bars and restaurants smoke-free.
Around 200 people from Huddersfield have completed the poll on Mr Sheerman's website.
And about 57% thought there should be a complete ban on smoking in public places.
More than three-quarters (77%) have voted in favour of a ban or restriction.
And less than a quarter (23%) said smoking should be allowed in all public places.
The poll, which ends on April 9, is part of Mr Sheerman's anti-smoking campaign.
He has called in Parliament for a ban on smoking in public.
And he provoked controversy in Huddersfield last month after labelling people who smoke in front of children as `child abusers'.
The end of Mr Sheerman's poll comes hot on the heels of a ban on smoking in pubs, restaurants and other public venues in Ireland, which was introduced on March 29.
Mr Sheerman said: "With the ban on smoking in public places in Ireland, it is a subject that is even more pressing here in England.
"I am keen to see how the people of Huddersfield feel about the issue.
"The success of the on-line poll shows that people are keen to contribute to the democratic process.
"I welcome the input of my constituents, which helps me in my job of representing them in Parliament."
To vote in Mr Sheerman's poll, visit the website at www.barrysheerman. labour.co.uk
Contact Mr Sheerman by phone on 01484 451382 or by writing to him at his constituency office at The Labour Party, 6 Cross Church Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2PT.