Norman Baker

Recently Appointed Drug Minister Should Mend Failed Policy

Amanda Feilding | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Politics
Amanda Feilding

If not from us, take if from a certain up and coming Conservative MP, David Cameron, in 2005: 'Politicians attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator by posturing with tough policies and calling for crackdown after crackdown. Drugs policy has been failing for decades.' It is time for new thinking.

The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Comedy

It was the week that a million women's hearts were shattered... For anyone affected by the issues raised by the Cumberbatch engagement: Go outside...

Featherstone Praises May As She Replaces Baker At Home Office

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics

Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone has replaced Norman Baker at the Home Office. Baker quit the government on Monday evening after claiming he found ...

'Working With Theresa May Is Like Walking Through Mud'

PA | Joe Churcher | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics

Norman Baker has quit as a Home Office minister, complaining that working under Home Secretary Theresa May was like "walking through mud". The Liberal...

Turns Out All That Stuff About Harsh Punishments Stopping Drug Use Is Rubbish

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK

The level of illegal drug use is not affected by how "tough" a country is when punishing those caught, a groundbreaking report has found, in what has ...

Drugs Are Illegal Because Of 'Prejudices Of Yesterday'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics

The war on drugs cannot be won, crime prevention minister Norman Baker warned today as he called for a "more logical and compassionate" approach to ta...

Ordinary Credible Criminals

Jason Reed | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

Norman Baker MP has taken the unprecedented step of calling for a rethink of the medicinal utilisation of cannabis. Never before has the UK spoken in such unbridled terms. The government, however, wasted no time in reaching for the stock reply: "We have no plans, *insert generic harm statement* we're winning the war on drugs...blah..." -

Charlotte Meredith

The Coalition Is Completely Confused About Its Stance On Drugs | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

Drug prevention charities have responded with exasperation after the Tories immediately slapped down calls from the drugs minister for the legalisatio...

London Is The 'Cocaine Capital' Of Europe, Drugs Study Finds

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

London could be the “cocaine capital” of Europe, according to a new study. The findings are based on analysis of the sewage of 42 cities over ...

Ned Simons

David Cameron Accused Of Breaking Ministerial Code By Freezing Gun Price | Ned Simons | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of breaking the ministerial code by blocking a planned increase in the cost of buying a gun. The cost of a gun licen...

What Is the Balance That Needs to Be Struck Between Security and Liberty?

Norman Baker | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Norman Baker

This is an important issue, which we need to examine, and which affects the lives of almost everyone in the country. Are we comfortable with the way in which our personal data is collected, and who has access to it? How much does our right to privacy matter, in an age where we share photos and personal details online with so much abandon? What is the balance that needs to be struck between security and liberty?

Britain Continues to Be a Global Leader in Tackling Abhorrent and Heinous Forced Marriages

Norman Baker | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics
Norman Baker

We acknowledge putting an end to forced marriage is a difficult task, with many challenges - not least, coordinating concerted action across several continents. But the message from the UK government is clear - forced marriage is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Fears That EU Drugs Crackdown Will Spawn Dangerous Legal Highs

PA | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Britain will not sign up to European drugs laws which hamper the Government's ability to crack down on "legal highs", a Home Office minister has said....

Norman Baker Tightens Restrictions On Ketamine

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Ketamine is being upgraded to a Class B, the government has announced. Lib Dem minister Norman Baker said he wanted to send a message that the hors...

Missed Opportunity as Long-Awaited Government Reduction Strategy Is a Whitewash Which Offers Little Hope of Progress

Michelle Thew | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The public has been promised a reduction strategy to set out how this pledge would be achieved for some time, and over 200 MPs have signed Motions in the House of Commons calling for it. After over three years of deliberation the Government finally delivered their strategy this morning.

'Boris, You're The Father Of My Children'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson received a nasty surprise on the streets of Islington, after a woman recognised him as the father of "one of her children. In a speec...

Ministers Opt Out Of EU Legal High Plans

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Ministers have refused to sign the UK up to European legislation for tackling legal highs. European Commission proposals for a regulation and direc...

Charlotte Meredith

Should The UK Follow Uruguay's Lead And Legalise Cannabis? | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

Recent reform victories are reshaping the landscape of the oldest debate in drug policy. As Uruguay passed historic legislation this week – becom...

Could Legal Highs Be Regulated?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Legal highs could be regulated, with producers and sellers forced to gain licences to sell the psychoactive substances, under a new review to be under...

Norman Baker, Drugs Minister, Says Legalising Cannabis Should Be ''Considered'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Legal cannabis should be "considered", according to the recently appointed Crime Prevention Minister. Norman Baker, who is became responsible for drug...

Mehdi Hasan

Lib Dem Party President Blasts Coalition's Nuclear Plant Deal | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Lib Dem party president Tim Farron has said he "seriously questions" the decision to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in a generation...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ban The Van

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 9 October 2013... 1) BAN THE VAN Another blow for #racistvan. From the Huffington Post: "The Home...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Twilight Of The Blairites'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 8 October 2013... 1) 'TWILIGHT OF THE BLAIRITES' Liam Byrne and Stephen Twigg sacked from the shadow...

Cabinet Reshuffle: Cameron's Bold Choices (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Comedy

As you can see, David Cameron has made some brave decisions when it comes to diversity... SEE ALSO: David Cameron's Reshuffle Notes Revealed...

Dad Rocker And David Kelly Conspiracy Theorist Is New Home Office Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

The Lib Dem minister appointed to the Home Office in a shock reshuffle was a star guest on US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' podcast, telling the sho...