The Babyshambles singer invades Westminster…

PETE DOHERTY has been attacked by TORY leader MICHAEL HOWARD.

In the latest example of the Babyshambles singer’s increasing notoriety, the Conservative MP has said that it is surprising that the star is dominating the newspapers despite his recent drug problems.

“Here you have a man who takes drugs and gets locked up – yet ends up on the front pages,” said Howard.

Howard is urging pop stars and celebrities to be positive role models to children as he outlined his party’s policies on drugs, reports BBC News.

“Today, more than ever, we need responsible role models for our children – professional athletes prepared to say drugs are wrong, pop stars willing to say drugs aren’t cool, actors who make clear that drugs ruin lives,” he said. “Because we all know that youngsters are more influenced than ever before by the celebrities they see on TV, the musicians they listen to and who are featured in magazines. “

The politician added that the media should not glorify drug use. “Some in the media give the impression that drug-taking is cool – is it any wonder that children believe this?” asked Howard. “I think many parents will have been rather surprised by the celebrity coverage given to Peter Doherty over the last month.”

Howard also said the Conservatives would restore cannabis to being a Class B drug.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Doherty is currently on bail after being charged with robbery and blackmail, had his curfew specially extended to midnight on Tuesday (February 22) so he could play a show at London Carling Brixton Academy with Babyshambles.