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...The use of drugs such as coc aine by middle-class users has been linked to a rise in gang violence in UK cities. So, when he addresses the Conservative conference later, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will say he is ordering an investigation into how this type of crime works.
Evidence of coc aine use has been found inside toilets at the Houses of Parliament, including some just yards from MPs' offices.
Traces of the class A drug were found in nine toilets throughout the Palace Of Westminster, the meeting place of the UK's political elite.
The powder was detected in toilets used by guests at Parliament's bars, as well as cubicles a few yards away from MPs' offices - areas where members of the public are restricted from going.
...As Parliament’s toilets are cleaned regularly, the white powder must have been snorted in the past few hours, according to reporters from The Sun, who did the testing.
Daily Star Sunday investigators using chemical swabs found traces of the illegal white powder inside two toilet blocks of the Westminster building.
One of the positive tests came from a loo for MPs and staff, yards from the House of Commons and House of Lords chambers.
Airport-style security checks are designed to screen everybody entering the building yet our reporters found drug users had sneaked in coc aine.
...In light of the allegations, drug policy adviser Tom Lloyd branded Westminster workers “hypocrites”.
The former chief constable for Cambridgeshire police said: “If Members of Parliament have been using coc aine, that only goes to show the deep hypocrisy of our current policy.
“These people stand up in public and denounce people for taking drugs. It’s an outrageous position for our purported leaders.”
A TV station has found traces of coc aine in 41 of 46 lavatories tested at the European Parliament in Brussels. Researchers for the German Sat-1 channel were sent to the glass and steel complex to take swab samples. They apparently found conclusive evidence of drug use.
...The Institute for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research in Nuremburg, which analysed the swab samples, found that the amounts could not have been carried in unwittingly by people who had picked up traces on their clothing.