Victoria Atkins MP has stepped down from part of her ministerial brief relating to cannabis after it was exposed that her spouse’s business was approved a Home Workplace licence to grow medical marijuana in Norfolk, for export to America.
The Louth and Horncastle MP, who was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability in November last year, has been implicated of a ‘huge dispute of interest’, as her spouse Paul Kenward is the managing director of British Sugar – which was approved a licence to grow non-psychoactive cannabis for medical use back in 2016.
However, Ms Atkins herself has previously spoken up versus marijuana law reforms. This week, it was exposed that Ms Atkins has now’willingly recused herself from policy or choices associating with cannabis’, inning accordance with the Home Office. The Office also confirmed that contrary to some initial reports, Ms Atkins declared her hubby’s business activities in Parliament, both when she was a backbencher when she was selected as a minister.
It is comprehended that Nick Hurd MP, the policing and fire minister, has been entrusted with addressing concerns on drugs on behalf of the federal government instead.Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR Marijuana Law Reform, told the nationwide press:”Obviously it is a ludicrous conflict of interests.”She ought to not have been selected as an Office minister. I make sure she is a very able woman but this is a clear conflict of interests.”
Victoria Atkins MP has been approached for comment.It is the second set back for Ms Atkins in recent weeks.During a live radio interview last month, she confessed she did unknown how many law enforcement officers there were in the country.
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