Huppert discusses the war on drugs at sixth form conference
March 20, 2012
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert will join a panel debate for sixth form students this evening (Tuesday, March 20) to give his views on the war on drugs.
Julian has been invited to take part in the debate organised as part of the annual Cambridge University Sixth Form Law Conference, aimed at attracting people from a wide range of backgrounds to study law at Cambridge.
The week-long conference was founded 38 years ago and is held during the Easter school holiday for Year 12 students who may be interested in studying law at degree level.
Panel members will debate “The war on drugs has failed; this House believes it’s time for a new approach”.
Julian is a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which is conducting a major inquiry into drugs policy. He recently returned from a trip to Colombia where he saw first-hand the work taking place to tackle the drug cartels.
He said: “This promises to be an interesting debate on a subject where there are many different points of view.
“I don’t think many people would disagree, however, that Britain’s drug policy is not working when we are spending more than any other country in Europe on drug prevention and yet still have the highest level of drug use.
"One of the clear messages we have been getting throughout this inquiry is that controlling the supply of drugs is almost impossible; the key is to reduce demand, via education and treatment."