Poll af­ter ad­dicts claim

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by ALEXAN­DER BROWN [email protected]­

VOT­ERS want MPs to be tested for drugs and booze be­fore they take their seats.

Three in four think politi­cians should prove they are sober be­fore vot­ing in the House, an AirMyOpin­ion poll found.

It comes af­ter Deputy Speaker Sir Lind­say Hoyle claimed there is a ma­jor drink and drug prob­lem in the House of Com­mons.

Dr Robert Le­fever, an ad­dic­tion spe­cial­ist who has treated nu­mer­ous politi­cians, said: “MPs and peers face the same chal­lenges as any­one else does.

“One in six peo­ple have an ad­dic­tive na­ture, so it’s rea­son­able that many MPs or mem­bers of the House of Lords will as well.”

Martin Smith, a psy­chother­a­pist who deals with ad­dic­tions, added: “High achiev­ers are nor­mally one of two ex­tremes – clean liv­ing or sub­stance users.

“There may well be higher lev­els of us­age than one might ex­pect.”

On Wed­nes­day Chor­ley MP Hoyle shocked West­min­ster when he said: “I do think there is a drink prob­lem and I think it needs to be ad­dressed and the sup­port needs to be given.

“It’s not just drink we’ve got to catch out – there is a drug prob­lem, and I gen­uinely be­lieve that coun­selling and real sup­port should be avail­able for all staff and mem­bers.”


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