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Caroline Lucas MP stands trial following fracking protest

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 to stand trial after anti-fracking protests

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.

Caroline Lucas, Brighton's Green MP, is due to stand trail today Credit: Press Association Images


Green MP supports 'common sense' drugs policy

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas

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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