By Natalie Williams • 05 December 2021 • 19:43
Sir Lindsay Hoyle calls the cops over House of Commons cocaine claims. There have been some “deeply concerning” allegations of drug use in Westminster and the Speaker of the house vows to take action.
In a message aimed at anybody who had thoughts of bringing cocaine into parliament, the Speaker said he “was treating the matter as a priority and vowed full and effective enforcement of the law.
Hoyle’s move comes after the Sunday Times reported: “that an investigation found traces of cocaine in 11 out of 12 locations tested in the Palace of Westminster”.
And one senior MP claimed, “it was time to consider bringing in sniffer dogs to help detect illicit substances”.
Sir Lindsay said: “The accounts of drug misuse in Parliament given to the Sunday Times are deeply concerning – and I will be raising them as a priority with the Metropolitan Police next week. “I expect to see full and effective enforcement of the law.” He added: “While parliament provides extensive support services for any staff or members who may need help with drug misuse – and I would encourage anyone struggling with such issues to take up such help – for those who choose to flout the law and bring the institution into disrepute the sanctions are serious.”
In the Commons cocaine claims, swab tests of the drug in toilets near the offices of Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, as well as a number of other toilets, the Sunday Times reported.
And it quoted anonymous Westminster sources “who claimed drug use was rife among staff and MPs”.
One was quoted as saying: “I have seen an MP openly snorting cocaine at a party. There were journalists present and I warned them that what they were doing was extremely dangerous and they could be exposed but they seemed to get off on the power trip.”
Another said: “MPs tend to be more careful than staff and will go back to their office to do it rather than doing it in any of the public spaces, but I have heard of one staffer who walked in on their MP doing a late-night line at their desk.”
We will keep you updated when more information is released on the Commons cocaine claims.
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