Around 100 supporters, waving banners, gathered outside a court today where the Green MP Caroline Lucas is facing charges following the anti-fracking protest in Sussex.
The MP for Brighton Pavilion is one of five defendants accused of a public order offence and obstructing the highway.
The court has been shown video footage of the demonstration at Balcombe, last August. Evidence has been heard that the MP refused to leave the site because she wanted to show solidarity with the other demonstrators. Charlotte Wilkins reports
Caroline Lucas, Brighton's Green MP is due to stand trial today in connection with anti-fracking protests in Sussex.
She entered not guilty pleas at an earlier hearing to a public order offence and obstructing the highway in Balcombe in August.
The Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, spoke on ITV Daybreak today about her arrest during protests against fracking in Balcolmbe at West Sussex. She will find out next week if she is to be charged with any offence.
The Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas has again criticised the Government's policy on shale gas. Leader of the Commons Andrew Lansley replies.
The cross-party Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) has today called for a review of drug policy, saying that government action is needed "now, more than ever" to consider all of the alternatives to the UK’s failing drug laws.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said:
“The Greens warmly welcome this cross party call for a complete rethink of the UK’s drug policy, and the clear recognition of the need for an evidence-based approach to reducing drug related harms."
She added: “The committee is absolutely right that the principal aim of Government drugs policy should be first and foremost to minimise the damage caused to the victims of drug-related crime, drug users and others."
“However, it should follow this logic and examine ways to tackle drugs supply as well as use."
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