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Sniffer Dogs May Be Introduced To UK Parliament Amid Claims Of ‘Drug Culture’

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Sniffer Dogs May Be Introduced To UK Parliament Amid Claims Of ‘Drug Culture’

Sniffer dogs could soon be introduced to the UK's Parliament amid allegations of a culture of drug use in the offices.

The suggestion is currently being reviewed by senior MPs after an investigation by The Times found traces of cocaine at 11 out of 12 test sites.

Those sites included a bathroom close to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's private offices.

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The bathrooms between Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel's offices tested positive for traces of the drug, as well as bathrooms on the shadow cabinet corridor and the accessible toilet beside the office of Nick Thomas-Symonds, the former shadow home secretary.

According to the report, some of the sites which tested positive were restricted to access only by those with parliamentary passes.

Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has pledged to investigate the drug culture in Westminster.

Other MPs have supported the call for sniffer bogs to be brought in, targeting cocaine and cannabis use.

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"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 Times: "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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The news comes as Johnson announced a crackdown on drug users nationally, with a 10-year strategy that will rely on heavy punishments to target lifestyle drug users.

The plan will see users of class A drugs, like cocaine, lose their passports or driving licenses, with the key targets being wealthy professionals.

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Under the crackdown, police officers will be given additional powers allowing them to go through drug dealers' phones and contact clients with warnings.

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The goal is to scare drug users into changing their behaviour.

Johnson is targeting dealers, addicts and casual users with a focus on decreasing the amount of drug-related crime, including robberies and violence.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, Johnson said politicians have 'dithered over the penalities for drug offences for too long, something he says may be related to their own use.

He said: "Drugs are driving a lot of misery and we can fix it. They're not going to make you happier. They're not going to make you more successful. They're not going to make you cooler. They're bad news."

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Johnson said wealthy drug users often consider their actions to be 'victimless'.

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"Most of the crime driven by drugs is generated by 300,000 heroin and crack cocaine users - tragic people who have lost their way in life," he said.

"You can lock them up again and again and we do but they come out again and re-offend so we have got to rehabilitate them.

"But then there is a separate group who can cope but who are also feeding the demand and helping to create the economics of the business.

"I don't want to stereotype them but I'm talking about lifestyle drugs. These people think it's a victimless crime.

"It isn't. The country is ­littered with victims of what's happened. We are going to look at new ways of penalising them.

"Things that will actually interfere with their lives so we will look at taking away passports and driving licences."

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Topics: News, Drugs, UK

Hannah Blackiston
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