John Penrose MP...

Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes, because it may come true. Two months ago I asked questions in Parliament and wrote angry letters to three senior cabinet ministers, asking why drug addicts were still being dumped in Weston from other par

Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes, because it may come true.Two months ago I asked questions in Parliament and wrote angry letters to three senior cabinet ministers, asking why drug addicts were still being dumped in Weston from other parts of the country. I sent them a police report showing how three addicts had died here because no-one had bothered to fix up proper support for them once they arrived.The problem doesn't start in Weston. Our local police, health and council workers have made great progress in clamping down on Weston's dodgy rehabs in the last year or so. It's caused by people sending addicts to Weston from other parts of Britain, and then forgetting about them. Once they're here, some addicts fall off the wagon and start using drugs again. They begin thieving to finance their habit, and some of them overdose and die.This is terrible. It's bad for Weston, and bad for the addicts too. So my letters were pretty blunt. They said that public servants have a duty to look after the addicts in their care, and when they fail it spells disaster for the addicts and Weston alike.I wasn't sure how the Government would react. Ministers and their staff have plenty of practice at avoiding awkward questions, and they'll usually try to avoid being cornered by an MP if they haven't got a good answer for them. So when the Home Office asked me to meet a Minister to discuss it, I was surprised. I hope it means they've got good news, but it could easily mean they want to break bad news to me in person. We won't know until the meeting happens. Then we'll find out if Weston will get what it's wished for.


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