British Parliament cocaine use to be investigated by Metropolitan Police
British Parliament cocaine use to be investigated by Metropolitan Police
Chamber of the House of Commons in the Houses of Parliament, England. Credit: Open Government License.

Members of the British Parliament are apparently using cocaine, according to findings that are being passed on to the Metropolitan Police. 

The lavatories have turned up traces of cocaine, and the potential use of other drugs has caused great concern with House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

“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 told the BBC. “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.”

The penalty for possession of class A drugs, including cocaine, is up to seven years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

In addition, the penalty for supplying such substances is life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

Cocaine is such a problem in the UK that traces of the drug have been found in wildlife that resides in the River Thames.

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