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Drug Testing At Summer Festivals

EDM number 1345 in 2017-19, proposed by Norman Lamb on 05/06/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Drugs misuse, Leisure and Performing arts.

That this House acknowledges with great sadness the deaths of two young festival-goers after taking drugs at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth; notes that a further 15 people reportedly attended hospital with drug-related symptoms; regrets that such tragic and needless loss of life is an annual feature of the summer festival season; recognises the potential of drug testing services, which analyse the content and safety of recreational drugs, to reduce the risk of serious harm and death associated with drug use; further notes evidence from drug testing services such as The Loop which shows that many drug users decide not to take an illegal substance, or decide to take less than originally intended, after learning what it contains; strongly welcomes the announcement by Bestival that it will offer drug testing at this year's festival in an effort to prevent drug-related deaths; believes that drugs policy should be led by the overarching principle of harm reduction; and therefore urges the Government to work with local authorities, police services and festival organisers to facilitate and encourage the roll-out of drug testing at all summer festivals, in recognition of the fact that such a simple step will ultimately save lives.

This motion has been signed by a total of 21 MPs.

Norman Lamb05/06/2018North NorfolkLiberal DemocratProposed
Martyn Day06/06/2018Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Shannon06/06/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Christine Jardine06/06/2018Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSeconded
Jim Cunningham06/06/2018Coventry SouthLabourSeconded
Mary Glindon06/06/2018North TynesideLabourSeconded
Carol Monaghan07/06/2018Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
Layla Moran07/06/2018Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Ronnie Cowan07/06/2018InverclydeScottish National PartySigned
Caroline Lucas11/06/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Chris Law11/06/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Ben Lake12/06/2018CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Marie Rimmer12/06/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
David Simpson12/06/2018Upper BannDUPSigned
Wera Hobhouse12/06/2018BathLiberal DemocratSigned
David Linden12/06/2018Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Ronnie Campbell13/06/2018Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Lady Hermon13/06/2018North DownIndependentSigned
Ruth George14/06/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Crispin Blunt14/06/2018ReigateConservativeSigned
Paul Farrelly20/06/2018Newcastle-under-LymeLabourSigned

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