This week, as part of my role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA), I arranged for a roundtable event to take place in the Houses of Parliament between police, councils and charities. The aim of the discussion was to share best practice and to determine if the NPS Act is working.
We had representatives from Wrexham Borough Council and Manchester Metropolitan Police and a number of charities such as ReSolv and Mentor. Also in attendance was fellow North Wales MP Ian Lucas.
A number of issues came to light. In particular the flaws in the law when it comes to possession offences. But the most striking problem was the lack of resources available to councils and police to tackle this matter. The police noted how in Manchester they were offering up their spare time for free to work on new methods to tackle Spice on our streets.
The charities noted how we need a more holistic approach which tackles the causes of drug use, not just the use of drugs.
I will now try to secure a debate in Parliament on this so we can pressure the government to take action now.
I have signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. Read more “Signing Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment”
I have joined over 120 other MPs in co-signing a letter to the Chief Executives of all major supermarkets to pressure them to commit to the elimination of plastic packing from their own branded goods by 2023, if not sooner.
This follows the trail blazing announcement by Iceland, whose Head Office is based in Flintshire, who announced this week that it will be plastic free within five years. The current plastic packaging would be replaced with paper and pulp trays and paper bags, which would be recyclable through domestic waste collections or in-store recycling facilities. Read more “Calling on supermarkets to ban plastics”
The announcement by the Parole Board that John Worboys, a convicted sex offender, will be released on licence raises serious questions over the Government’s handling of parole.
Post release supervision is an important aspect of our parole system and I wanted assurances from the new Secretary of State that he will take actions to mend the ‘fractured system’ described by Dame Glenys Stacey – the Chief Inspector of the Parole system.
The part privatisation of the probation system has had a serious impact upon the parole system. I warned at the time of the privatisation that this would happen but the Government ploughed on regardless. Now is time to take stock, think of victims of crime and mend the failed ideological measures taken by the Conservatives.