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Cleaner Weston Campaign

Stopping crime and drugs in Weston & the villages

Weston is steadily winning its fight against drugs and crime. The number of rehab beds for drug addicts in Weston has nearly halved in six years and, increasingly, the treatment centres that remain are high-quality places that do a great job in helping addicts to rebuild their lives and become normal members of society again.

Before John was first elected as Weston’s MP, our town was plagued by drug-related crime. There were too many addicts being sent here from other parts of the country for treatment and, while some of the treatment centres did a great job, too many were pretty dodgy places that didn’t give addicts a decent chance of beating their habit. The result was that too many addicts dropped out of treatment, slipping under everyone’s radar and often staying in Weston to commit crime to fund their habit.

So in 2004 John launched the Cleaner Weston campaign to give the town fewer, better rehabs. And now, after a lot of hard work by rehab owners, the Police and the Council’s Community Safety and Drug Action Team, things are genuinely getting better. A lot of the dodgier rehabs have closed, and the ones that remain are independently inspected and checked regularly. That means fewer addicts are being sent to Weston in the first place, and the ones that still come are more likely to recover and become normal members of society after their treatment.

Yet, despite these latest breakthroughs and the encouraging figures, there is no denying that there is still a lot of work to be done. We can’t be complacent. Weston needs a clean image to attract visitors, families and jobs, so we mustn’t let drugs and crime put it at risk. John isn’t letting up on the fight.


John secures Government promise to look in to Weston's drug problems

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John tackles the Government on Weston's drug problems and recieves a commitment from the Minister of State for Public Health that she'll look into the situation personally (first aired BBC Parliament, Tuesday, 18th March 2008)

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Two key Government Ministers support central principle of Weston MP's anti-drugs campaign

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose today won Government endorsement from two key Ministers for one of the central principles behind his long-running Cleaner Weston campaign against the problems of drug addiction in Weston...


MP meets local police representatives in Westminster

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose met police representatives from Weston in Parliament yesterday to discuss the Government's police pay award and the increasing levels of red tape that are interfering with officers' ability to do their jobs properly...


Weston-super-Mare MP welcomes new drug treatment funding model

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose today welcomed the Government’s announcement that the Drug Treatment Budget is changing to a system of allocations per persons treated rather than by the outdated formula currently operating...


MP to lobby drug chiefs

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Local MP John Penrose is to meet with senior executives from the National Treatment Agency (NTA), the Government's drug watchdog, at the end of the month to discuss the National Drugs Strategy, due to be published next spring. Also at the meeting will be representatives of the Avon and Somerset Police and the local Drug Action Team...


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