08 Aug The Shame Of Drugs Minster Sarah Newton MP.
Sarah Newton is MP for Truro and Falmouth. Since July 2016 she has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office. Her responsibilities include drugs and alcohol.
During last month’s drugs debate Mrs Newton caused uproar in the House of Commons when she said she “would not agree that alcohol is the most dangerous drug” and that “alcohol taken in moderation is not a harmful drug”.
Both these statements are, of course, directly contradicted by a vast quantity of scientific evidence and many MPs corrected her dreadful mistakes as they spoke in the debate. Mrs Newton demonstrates very clearly the standard of knowledge, evidence and probity that prevails in the Home Office. It is locked into a policy of deliberately misleading both Parliament and the public on drugs and has been so for at last 50 years. Mrs Newton is the just the latest MP prepared to sell their soul and integrity for ministerial office.
Her shame is compounded by the photograph above from March 2017 which shows her endorsing and supporting the work of the Portman Group, the alcohol industry’s shadowy lobbying organisation which works relentlessly to minimise controls on alcohol and public perception of the harms it causes.
There can be no doubt that this is a form of corruption. Mrs Newton, along with the home secretary, Amber Rudd MP and her predecessor, Theresa May MP, is engaged in misleading the public, encouraging use of the most dangerous drug of all while misinforming about the less harmful alternatives such as cannabis.