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As the Labour Party launches its manifesto for Government, Nia Griffith, Labour’s candidate in Llanelli, explains Labour’s plans to ban legal highs

“We are making a firm commitment in our manifesto to ban the sale and distribution of legal highs. We are not going to criminalise the young people who fall prey to these substances but we are going to make it illegal for anyone to sell or distribute these appalling substances which wreak absolute havoc with people’s lives, and tear families apart. I know that my colleagues in Labour’s shadow home office team have been concerned about this for some time, and after meeting one local mum who explained what she has been going through with her daughter who has taken legal highs, I checked up to make sure that we have this as a firm commitment. We must give the police and Trading Standards the tools they need to clamp down on anyone making these dreadful substances available, and stamp them out from our town, and across the country. Of course, this must go hand-in-hand with help and support for the victims and their families, and a vigorous education programme in our schools.”