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News from Mike Penning

Update from Parliament

From July 2018 Edition | Boxmoor Direct

Mike Penning 

It has been very busy in Parliament on Brexit this past month. We had several long days voting on the Lords Amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, with (at time of writing) more to come.

I did not support any Lords Amendments. This Bill is purely and simply about leaving the EU. It will bring all EU law into UK law. Once that is done, then is the time to make any changes – with full debates in Parliament as per usual. We need to get on with Brexit as soon as possible.

One of the things I like most about my job is meeting local school pupils. We have some very interesting discussions about campaigning.

Recently, I met with pupils from Longdean School when they came to Westminster. Longdean School has been working with the ‘Send my Friend to School’ organisation on their “School Safety” campaign.

We take education for granted in this country, but in so many places in the world it is a very different situation. I congratulate the Longdean students for raising awareness and campaigning for global leaders to ensure all schools are safe and peaceful places to learn.

I was pleased to be able to arrange for them to hand in their petition to the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt MP, in person.

My own campaigning this month has centred on the formation of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Medical Cannabis.

There is a substantial and growing body of evidence from around the world that cannabis has a role to play in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. Many countries and other jurisdictions, including 29 US states, have legalised access to medical cannabis.

People who find relief from their symptoms using medical cannabis should be treated as patients, not criminals. There is majority support for medical cannabis in the Commons and in the country. This coming together of growing parliamentary and public support means that this is the time to secure change and remove medical cannabis from a Home Office remit to where it should belong, in the Department of Health.

The formation of this new APPG reinforces the view that medical cannabis should be treated separately from other, wider reform of drugs in the UK.

This group is solely about cannabis as a medicine, not a recreational drug.


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