Baroness and pupils tackle drug policy reform at Highgate debates

Should drug users be met with tough government measures or receive more tender treatment?

This was the question put to a baroness and a parliamentary candidate as they went head-to-head to tackle the issue of drug policy reform with the help of local sixth-formers on Thursday at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution in South Grove, Highgate.

Baroness Molly Meacher, chairwoman of the UK all-party parliamentary group on drug policy reform, won the debate with her passionate argument for a liberal approach to users.

But she faced tough competition from Will Blair, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Holborn and St Pancras, who made the case for why drug policy should not be changed.

Two pupils from La Sainte Union School in Highgate Road, Dartmouth Park, seconded the eminent speakers.