Brian Paddick

The Government Has Been Trying to Play Catch-up on Drug Control - Now They Have Lurched to Banning Everything

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

Liberal Democrats in the Lords are trying to rescue something from the car crash that is the government's Psychoactive Substances Bill by tabling a series of amendments. The Bill seeks to make it illegal to produce or supply any substance that affects someone's mental functioning or emotional state, unless the government specifically exempts it. This takes the "my substances of choice, like alcohol and tobacco, are OK but yours aren't" approach to a new level.

Psycho Killers? Lords Plot Comedown For Legal Highs Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

Controversial plans to outlaw 'legal highs' are to be challenged in Parliament tomorrow after campaigners warned that the legislation would add confus...

Asa Bennett

Critics Mock Osborne's 'Nonsense' Excuse For Keeping His Tax Bill Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been ridiculed for insisting that the coalition has ditched its plans to publish ministers' tax returns in order to protect "taxpay...

One Party vs. Ukip

Chris Whiting | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Whiting

As Brian Paddick put it on Twitter; if you hate what Ukip and now Labour and the Conservatives stand for, then it's time to reconsider voting Liberal Democrat.

Victims and Survivors of LGBT Domestic Abuse Must Know That They Are Not Alone

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

Violence against women and children by men is important but it is not the whole story. It is important for victims or survivors of LGBT domestic abuse to know that they are not alone, that help and advice is available and that they do not need to put up with an abusive relationship. Many people think support for victims of domestic violence is only available to women who suffer at the hands of an abusive male partner but that is not the case. Many people are unaware that they can be safe, they can be supported and that there is a route out of an abusive same-sex relationship.

Loser To Lord

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

They were comprehensively rejected by voters last year - and now they're heading for the House of Lords. Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and the Gre...

Can Nadine Beat George's Best Bits? (VIDEO, PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics

So Nadine Dorries is heading to the jungle with a couple of cheeky Geordies for a spot of Bushtucker trialling. It seems a bit excessive to get away f...

The Current Criminal Law Is Not Going to Tackle the Real Dangers of Drugs

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

For the overwhelming majority who take illegal drugs, drugs laws lack credibility and the way they are enforced is inconsistent and confusing, making them an ineffective barrier. There is tension between politics and science, which draws the drugs classification system into disrepute. Politicians do not want to "send the wrong signal" about how harmful drugs are and so resist reclassification of drugs downwards whilst scientists want to be objective about relative harm, even if it means downgrading a drug. As the drug classification system is a fundamental part of UK drugs laws, this brings the law as a whole into disrepute.

Boris Wins

Nick Abbot | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

o, London went to the polls. Or rather it didn't, because: it was a bit parky out; it might have rained; we'd run out of milk; had to get to the shops; who could be arsed; it was the same old people; oh, was it on Thursday?

Cameron Praises Johnson After Election Win

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron said he was "delighted" by Boris Johnson's mayoral victory and vowed the pair would work together for the good of London. The Prime M...

Boris Wins London Mayoral Election

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has won the London Mayoral election for the Tories, securing a second four year term at City Hall. After a long and highly negative...

Boris Johnson Takes Early Lead In London Mayor Race

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Politics

Conservative Boris Johnson was leading the race to run London as counting continued on Friday evening. Labour rival Ken Livingstone is trailing beh...

Ukip Campaigners Burn Brian Paddick Picture In Soho

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Politics

Supporters of the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) have been pictured burning a picture of LibDem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, who is gay,...

Ken Will Trail Behind Boris, Says Firm

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics

The UK’s leading national Trail writing and delivery company has revealed the results of their London Mayoral Trails, with Boris Johnson taking firs...

Johnson Surges Ahead With 12-Point Lead Over Livingstone

Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson is cruising to victory in the London mayoral election, according to a poll published on Tuesday. A survey carried out by Populus for ...

‘Give Us More Jobs,’ Say A Third Of Londoners

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics

Londoners want their next Mayor to focus on creating jobs as the capital continues to suffer high unemployment, according to a poll published today by...

Is There More to the London Mayoral Elections Than the Ken and Boris Show?

Louise Phillips | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Politics
Louise Phillips

It's been raining ever since I got back from San Francisco. I'm not exaggerating, it has rained every single day. I've spent most of my time feeling ...

Boris Voted "Most Dateable' London Mayoral Candidate

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson is the most dateable of the three main candidates for London Mayor, according to a survey published today. The dating site Free Datin...

Oddbins Wine Guide To London Mayoral Election

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

Londoners who are still wondering which way to vote in the mayoral elections next week can at least enjoy an insightful tipple while they ponder their...

Candidates Face London's Biggest Mayoral Hustings Event

Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics

With eight days to go until London choses its next Mayor, one of the largest public hustings has taken place in Central London. It's the largest ...

Brian Paddick: 'Cyclists Are Dying Because Of Boris Johnson'

Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Politics

Cyclists are being killed on the streets of London as a direct result of Boris Johnson's transport policies, Lib Dem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick h...

Lord O'Donnell Slams 'Pathetic' Decision To Exclude Siobhan Benita From Debates

Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Politics

The former head of the civil service has attacked the BBC and ITV for their "pathetic" decision to exclude independent candidates from their London Ma...

Boris And Ken Get Rowdy Over London Riots

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

Mayor Boris Johnson was caught in a fiery exchange with Ken Livingstone on Wednesday night, accusing his Labour opponent of "playing politics" over la...

Map Reveals Low Turnout 'Hotspots' In London Mayoral Election

PA | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics

A map of voting turnout trends across the capital has been released as organisers warned of the danger of Londoners being "left behind", even in riche...

George Osborne 'Happy' For Ministers To Reveal How Much Tax They Pay

PA/The Huffington Post | Chris Wimpress | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Politics

A US-style system of top politicians' tax returns being published could be considered in the UK, George Osborne indicated as the issue of personal fin...