FORCE MPs TO TAKE A DRUG TEST
Poll after addicts claim
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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