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British police to investigate claims over cocaine use in Parliament

17:36, 05 December 2021
British police to investigate claims over cocaine use in Parliament Photo: British parliament

The British Parliament is going to investigate the origin of cocaine traces that have appeared in the building and intends to investigate the possible fact of drug use at Westminster Palace, the Times reported.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said that he called the police over “deeply concerning” allegations of drug use in the Parliament building.

Next week, the chamber commission will discuss the problem and how to solve it. It is possible that the number of service dogs will be increased as there will be animals in the building that can detect drugs.

The cocaine traces were found in 11 of the 12 locations at Westminster Palace including toilets, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the private offices of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Interior Minister Priti Patel.

“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.

A number of MPs repeatedly used cocaine at private parties in their colleagues' presence. According to this version, the cocaine was brought to parliament by a drug dealer registered as an assistant to one of the ex-parliamentarians, who himself was engaged in the resale of cocaine.