Statement on Labour Mayor of London’s plans to decriminalise drug use in Bexley

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and Cllr Peter Fortune AM

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP (Bexleyheath and Crayford), Louie French MP (Old Bexley and Sidcup), Cllr Peter Fortune AM (GLA representative for Bexley and Bromley) and Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE (Leader of Bexley Council) have issued a joint statement following reports that the Labour Mayor of London intends to weaken drugs laws in Bexley:

“We are appalled to learn today through the media that the Labour Mayor of London plans to impose on Bexley a policy of decriminalising drugs, without any discussion with the Council Leader, Assembly Member, Members of Parliament, or indeed any resident.

We strongly opposed the Mayor of London’s decision to axe Bexley’s Borough police force and merge it with Lewisham and Greenwich, which has meant that our residents lose out as valuable resources are concentrated in areas with higher levels of crime, and yet again the Mayor is showing he doesn’t care about our residents or what they want.

We now stand together in saying that we do not support any weakening of drugs laws and we do not want our borough to be a guinea pig for this policy – and nor do Bexley residents.”