The mother of a student from Brighton who died after taking the then legal high 'GBL' has welcomed the news that the government has banned 500 more new drugs.
Maryon Stewart launched her high profile campaign calling for tougher measures to combat the use of legal highs after her 21-year-old daughter Hester died in 2009.
The bereaved mother founded the Angelus Foundation which works to raise awareness of the potential dangers of so-called legal highs.
"We expect the law to impact very significantly on the high street trade. The open sale of NPS has led to dangerous experimentation with many young people being badly affected by their unpredictable effects and some ending up in hospital.
"Sadly, too many have paid the ultimate price from taking these risky substances and this change will go a long way to stop further deaths."
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Lively political debate - with Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove, Lynne Beaumont, defeated Lib Dem in Folkestone and Hythe, Ray Finch MEP who lost for UKIP in Lewes, and Ranil Jayawardena, the new Tory MP for North East Hampshire.
Kent's police and crime commissioner is scrapping the controversial post of Youth Commissioner after two appointments were hit by scandal.
But plans to instead spend the Youth Commissioner budget on a 'Youth Advisory Group' are under attack, with one MP describing the proposal as a waste of public money.
The Buckingham MP John Bercow has been re-elected as Speaker of the House of Commons. Some Tory MPs had been threatening to block him, but in the end he was chosen again unopposed.
Supporters of former MP Stephen Lloyd have offered to pay off his mortgage to keep him in the running for the next general election.
The Lib Dem was defeated by the Tories in last week's battle for Eastbourne and says he now needs to find a job to keep his home. He's declined the money, saying it would be better to donate it to the local hospital campaign.
UKIP's economics spokesman Patrick O'Flynn blew open simmering tensions within the party in an interview with The Times, saying Mr Farage was no longer the "cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring" politician of recent times.
Mr O'Flynn said the UKIP leader's behaviour risked the party being seen as an "absolute monarchy" and blamed Mr Farage's "aggressive" and "inexperienced" advisers.
He called for Mr Farage, who lives in Kent, to adopt a "much more consultative and consensual leadership style".
Mr O'Flynn's comments come after Mr Farage was widely mocked for resigning as leader after failing to win the South Thanet seat he stood for in the General Election, only to be reinstated three days later after the party's National Executive Committee rejected his resignation.
Kent Police have confirmed that they are investigating allegations that ballot boxes may have been tampered with, in what was one of the highest profile election battles in the country last week.
Last Friday morning, Nigel Farage was defeated in his attempt to become an MP in South Thanet for UKIP. He lost to the Conservative candidate by more than 2,800 votes.
But after claims that ballot boxes were interfered with, Kent Police say they are now conducting enquiries into electoral fraud in the constituency. Here's our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby.
On Monday 11 May, Kent Police was contacted by a member of the public from outside the county with a concern around election fraud due to speculation on social media in South Thanet. Initial enquiries by officers have been carried out and so far no evidence of electoral fraud has been found.