Victoria Atkins

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  • Aug.27.2018: LGBT activists criticise minister for women over trans comments. The minister for women has been condemned by transgender campaigners for saying that young people are having their gender reassigned as “an answer to questions they are perhaps not asking themselves”. Victoria Atkins cited an increase in the number of teenagers who were being referred to undergo gender reassignment treatment and declared: “We need to get down to the reasons why this is happening.” The remarks provoked criticism from leading LGBT rights activists who said it was “damaging to imply that trans teens are being given treatment lightly”. Mattha Busby, The Guardian.
  • May.13.2018: Drug minister Victoria Atkins’s husband oversees cannabis farm. The drugs minister has been accused of a “massive conflict of interest” after it emerged that her husband operates Britain’s largest cannabis farm. Victoria Atkins has now stopped speaking for the govt on cannabis and other aspects of her drugs brief. The Home Office said she had “voluntarily recused herself from policy or decisions relating to cannabis”. She does not declare Kenward’s role in the register of ministerial or MPs’ interests Steve Moore, of Volteface, a think-tank on drug policy, said: “The medical use of cannabis and its wider decriminalisation is rising up the political agenda. But we have the ridiculous situation of the drugs minister being unable to speak in parliament or make decisions on one of the most important parts of her job.” Drugs questions are now largely answered by Nick Hurd, the policing and fire minister One written question on legalising cannabis for medical use, from the Labour MP Roger Godsiff, originally shown as answered by Atkins, has been changed on the parliamentary website to show it was answered by Hurd. The original answer, on Mar.07, is still visible on another website, They Work for You. Before she became a minister, Atkins told MPs that her husband’s crop was a “non-psychoactive” version of cannabis, “a very different substance” from the psychoactive version. However, it is understood that British Sugar’s Home Office licence is an exceptionally rare “high-THC” licence, allowing it to grow cannabis with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the pyschoactive substance that intoxicates users. The Home Office refused to deny this. High-THC licences are issued to grow cannabis with a THC level of more than 0.2%. Chris Tovey, GW’s chief operating officer, said the Wissington cannabis was a variety high in cannabidiol (CBD), which reduces pain and anxiety. Peter Reynolds, president of Clear, the campaign for cannabis law reform, said: “Victoria Atkins is in a ridiculously vulnerable position and has a massive conflict of interest.” Andrew Gilligan, The Sunday Times.
  • Feb.14.2018: It's clear why the Tory minister bad-mouthing cannabis wants eyes off her husband's giant farm. Tory Drugs minister Victoria Atkins's fearmongering about cannabis would probably rather people didn't mention her husband’s farm, because he has a 45-acre cannabis plantation. Pro-legalisation pressure group CLEAR revealed that Atkins is married to Paul Kenward, managing director of British Sugar. British Sugar is growing cannabis to supply to drugs company GW Pharmaceuticals. Speaking about the long-term deal, Kenward said he was "confident of decent yields" and "that the return will be better than on tomatoes". Kenward's wife is staunchly against the regulation of cannabis, though. The Canary, James Wright
  • Feb.09.2018: Victoria Atkins MP, The UK Drugs Minister, Opposes Drugs Regulation While Her Husband Grows 45 Acres Of Cannabis Under Govt Licence. The UK's New Princess Of Prohibition: Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Corruption And Cruelty Behind A Pretty Face. There is no one who plumbs the depths of deception and hypocrisy as the new Drugs minister Victoria Atkins. Her recent performance in the Westminster Hall debate on Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) was riddled with inaccuracies, distorted information and downright falsehood about the success of such facilities throughout the world. She simply told brazen untruths in order to support her rejection of the clamour from other MPs to introduce DCRs because they are proven to save lives. CLEAR, Peter Reynolds
  • Jan.19.2018: A Conservative minister has been caught using 'fake news' to 'wilfully deceive' parliament. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office. Part of her remit is drugs and drug policy. The Canary, Steve Topple
  • Feb.05.2016: Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top. Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins. A former barrister and the daughter of ex-Conservative MP Robert Atkins, her election campaign was supported by family friend John Major. Downing Street sources say she speaks well in the Commons and has impressed on the Home Affairs select committee. However the first some heard of Atkins was when she branded Donald Trump a “wazzock” during the recent debate in parliament about whether the tycoon should be allowed to enter the UK. Total Politics, David Singleton
  • Jan.12.2016: Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation. Labour MP Teresa Pearce's amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill 2016, which would place a duty on landlords to ensure that their properties are fit for habitation when let and remain fit during the course of the tenancy, was defeated by 312 votes to 219. Marcus Jones said the govt believed that homes should be fit for human habitation, but did not want to pass a new law that would explicitly require it. Other ministers claimed the proposal would impose "unnecessary regulation" on landlords, and that it would push up rents. Victoria Atkins, herself a landlord, was one of those who voted "No". The Independent, Jon Stone
  • Nov.10.2017: Penny Mordaunt’s promotion has over-shadowed two major changes. Victoria Atkins, Sarah Newton, Priti Patel, Penny Mordaunt. HITC, Richard Wood