The mother of a 15 year old school girl from Oxford who died after taking pure ecstasy is calling on the Government to legalise drugs. Martha Fernback collapsed and died after taking a substance called MDMA last year. It comes as a major parliamentary drugs debate took place today. Some MP's, including Brighton's Caroline Lucas, say drug laws should focus on treatment rather than punishment. This report from Tom Savvides includes interviews with Anne-Marie Cockburn, Caroline Lucas MP, Norman Baker MP and Maryon Stewart.
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion has been leading a debate in parliament on the UK's drug laws in Parliament.
A debate on the UK's drug laws is to take place in Parliament later. Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, secured the discussion with cross-party backing and a petition which amassed 130,000 signatures.
Speaking ahead of the debate, the MP said:
Decriminalising drugs in Portugal cut addiction by 50%, the country's national drugs co-ordinator said.
Joao Goulao told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We had around 100,000 people hooked on heroin, which is 1% of our population, and now we estimate that we have half of that."
There is "no chance" drugs will be legalised following a report which states tougher laws have no effect on substance misuse, the government say.
A Liberal Democrat report claims it is "pointless" punishing drug users and more time should be spent on cracking down on criminal gangs who traffic drugs than addicts
But in a statement Number 10 said: "This report provides no support whatsoever for the Lib Dem's policy of decriminalisation. In fact, it clearly states that it would be inappropriate to draw those kind of conclusions.
"The Lib Dem policy would see drug dealers getting off scot-free and send an incredibly dangerous message to young people about the risks of taking drugs
"As the report makes very clear, the Government's approach already provides a good balance between enforcement and treatment, drug use is plummeting as a result and there is simply no chance that we will entertain such a reckless change of course ."
Green MP Caroline Lucas was found not guilty of public order offences in last year's anti-fracking protests in West Sussex. The Brighton MP was arrested outside energy company Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex on the 19th August.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was arrested outside energy company Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, last August 19.
She was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside the site, which had become a national focal point for anti-fracking protests.
During the trial at alongside four co-defendants, Lucas, 53, said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully. She was found not guilty of the two charges she faced - wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has been found not guilty at Brighton Magistrates' Court of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during an anti-fracking protest at Balcombe, West Sussex.