I had felt that I was in a somewhat surreal debate, hearing all Members on both sides of the House agree about the need for reform and a different approach, all making coherent arguments about why the present arrangements need to change. But I woke from my dream when I heard from the shadow Minister, who appears to be the only Member of the House who wishes to defend the status quo...
I shall take that as a comment in support of our right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden. As I said, it is not Government policy to legalise drugs—nor, I think, is it the policy of any party in the House. However, my hon. Friend has made his point. Those sorts of discussions ought to be taking place and people ought to be able to argue the whys and wherefores in each...
On the latter point, I do not believe that what is sold now is accurately described anyway on the packet; the information is not available to young people now, although the substances are legal at present. There is no simple answer that will solve all problems. Every potential solution has drawbacks as well as advantages. That is why I set up a review panel with the best brains in the country...
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Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes
Entered House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
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Topics of interest
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Home Department
- Trade and Industry
- Parliamentary Questions
- Ministerial Travel
- Departmental Travel
- Departments: Internet
- Departmental Rail Travel
Currently held offices
- The Minister of State, Home Department
Other offices held in the past
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (14 May 2010 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Transport (20 Dec 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Cabinet Office (5 Jul 2007 to 20 Dec 2007)
- Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (26 Jan 2004 to 21 Mar 2006)
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- Has spoken in 22 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 74.37% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 27 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1010 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 27 Oct 2014.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Ongoing income from royalties for publication of book entitled ‘The Strange Death of David Kelly
’. Payments from Methuen Publishing Ltd
, now of 35 Hospital Fields Rd, York YO5 4DZ:
Received £833.16 on 15 November 2013. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 25 November 2013)
Received £263.74 on 19 March 2014. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 19 March 2014)
I advanced a sum of money to help finance the release of an album by The Reform Club
, a band of which I am a member. (Registered 23 August 2013)
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