Homerton hosts Home Affairs Select Committee

Photo: Geoff Ward speaking the the Home Affairs Select Committee on international drugs policy

In March Homerton was delighted to welcome the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons for a conference on international drugs policy.

The Committee, one of Parliament’s most influential and in its last event before the Election, embarked on its first major inquiry into drugs in over a decade in 2011. The outcome of that inquiry recommended a fundamental re-think of the Government’s approach to drugs, and the International Drugs Conference held in Homerton Conference Centre was the next step in coordinating national and international efforts to tackle the issue. 

Before the proceedings, Homerton Principal Geoff Ward welcomed the Committee to the College, which included the Rt Hon. Keith Vaz MP (Committee Chair), Dr Julian Huppert (MP for Cambridge and member of the Committee) and Baroness Meacher (Chair of the APPG on Drug Policy Reform).

Mr Vaz then thanked Homerton for hosting the conference, saying he hoped the meeting “would start something of great importance for the country.”

After several distinguished speakers gave evidence to the Committee – including Dr Roberto Dondisch, Director General of Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mexico – the keynote speech was delivered by the Rt Hon. Lynne Featherstone MP, Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office.

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Photo: The Rt Hon. Lynne Featherstone MP gives her keynote speech to the Committee
The Rt Hon. Lynne Featherstone MP gives her keynote speech to the Committee