Come to Liverpool UN Chief urged

Professor Hamid Ghodse,


International Narcotics Control Board,

United Nations,

New York,


Dear Professor Ghodse,

I note with interest your comments that places in the UK like Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester have no go areas because of drugs like the Favelas of Brazil.

Your remarks are offensive, incompetent, ill informed and naive. Put more simply they are absolutely wrong. There are no, ‘no-go’ areas for the police anywhere in Liverpool or in my opinion the UK. There is a strong network of judicial, police, health and social agencies working to control and minimise the risks of drug and other substance abuse in our city. Latest figures show that in a city of 440,000 people there are about 3,000 who need to be worked with at any one time.

If this is the quality of your research what can we expect of any findings from your agency. The UN is supposed to be a respectable and responsible body not an organisation which makes comments up on the back of a fag packet.

I demand that you come to Liverpool to see for yourself how half witted your comments are. If you come you will see the many things that we are doing to protect communities and minimise harm to drug users. Come, Mr Ghodse, and be amazed.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,

Deputy Leader,

Liverpool Liberal Democrats

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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