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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."

Caroline Lucas steps down

Caroline Lucas MP at the Green Party Conference Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Green Party will announce who will replace Caroline Lucas MP as leader later.

The Brighton Pavilion MP announced she would be standing down as leader earlier this year to make way for a new generation of activists to enter parliament.

The 51-year-old will continue to serve her Sussex constituency.

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