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But Baker revealed on Friday that the original draft had contained policy recommendations that, on May’s orders, had been removed prior to publication.
He highlighted three key recommendations proposed in the original draft:
Under pressure from the Lib Dems, the Home Office commissioned a report looking at the international evidence on the impact of legislation on drug use. Theresa May, the home secretary, made no secret of the fact that she had no enthusiasm for the project, and when it was published in October, with Baker taking the lead in publicising it, Conservative ministers signalled that they would ignore it.
This strategy is working and there is a long-term downward trend in drug misuse in the UK