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Evidence of cocaine has reportedly been discovered in the toilets nearest Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
It comes amid growing concerns about the use of drugs, such as cocaine, and other illegal substances in parliament.
The news also comes after Johnson discussed his new plans to crack down on drug use and distribution across the UK, set to ‘make an example’ out of middle-class offenders.
As reported by The Times, evidence of cocaine was identified in the toilets nearest Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel, as well as the disabled bathroom on the shadow cabinet corridor in Norman Shaw North and the accessible toilet beside the office of Nick Thomas-Symonds, the former shadow home secretary.
A total of 12 locations across Westminster were tested with detection wipes – all but one revealed evidence of cocaine use, including places restricted to those with parliamentary passes, according to the report. Two drug dealers have also been arrested on or around the parliamentary estate over the past year, as well as 13 people being detained for drug possession.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle has pledged to investigate the drug culture in Westminster, with other MPs calling for the possible use of sniffer dogs.
‘The House of Commons has a long history of using sniffer dogs to detect explosives. It may be that we now need to broaden the range of sniffer dogs… to include those which can detect drugs,’ Tory MP Charles Walker said.
One source also claimed to the publication, ‘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.’
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