Thursday, February 2

They find possible traces of cocaine in a house used by Liz Truss


The newspaper The Guardian has reported on traces of a possible class A drug [la que implica condenas más severas en el sistema legal británico] found in one of the houses that the British monarchy cedes to the government after two parties in which political allies of Liz Truss participated.

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According to sources consulted by The Guardian, white powder appeared at the Chevening country house last summer, days before Truss won the Conservative Party leadership race to become prime minister.

A staff member said they detected the presence of cocaine after testing the powder with a swab that changes color when it comes into contact with the drug.

Cocaine possession is a crime that can carry prison terms of up to seven years or a fine, the amount of which is at the discretion of the courts.

The government began a new crackdown on casual drug users in July and said their passports could be confiscated.

According to other sources, similar remains were found at 10 Downing Street after two parties held during the time of the COVID-19 lockdown and with Boris Johnson as prime minister.

According to staff working at the Chevening country house in Kent, traces of white powder were found on two occasions on a side table in the games room where the billiards is. It came after nights in which Truss entertained his guests at the property, a 17th-century house classified as a building of exceptional interest that serves as a resting place for foreign ministers.

Truss was foreign affairs minister when she hosted a meeting at the house on the weekend of August 19-21, at the height of her campaign for the Conservative Party leadership. On the weekend of September 2-4 another meeting took place. Meetings over the two weekends were attended by a number of Truss’s political allies.

Chevening is what is known in the UK as a House of Grace and Favor situated on 3,000 acres (about 1,200 hectares). The use of this 115-room mansion is usually granted to the Foreign Secretary, and to pay the maintenance costs there is a trust created by Act of Parliament.

According to an insider, cocaine is widely used in government and parliament buildings, and is used by some of Truss’s political allies.

There is no evidence that either Truss or Johnson used the drug. Nor that they were present when others consumed it or that they knew what was done. The Guardian newspaper has not been told who is responsible for the alleged traces of white powder.

Truss only lasted 45 days as prime minister. The mini-budget presented at the end of September by its then head of the Economy, Kwasi Kwarteng, caused a free fall in the British public debt market and forced the Bank of England to allocate billions of pounds to the acquisition of public debt to recover the stability.

Separately, several people who worked at 10 Downing Street during Johnson’s tenure said they found traces of white powder after two parties that were held in the office complex in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. Johnson is not believed to have been at either party.

The sources found traces of white powder after a party held at 10 Downing Street on April 16, the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

According to information obtained by The Guardian newspaper, cleaning staff found traces of white powder in the bathrooms at 10 Downing Street and on a table in the offices. They also discovered small plastic bags near the table, on the floor, next to the trash can, and next to tissues stained with blood and vomit.

The sources also spoke of traces of a dust streak and an abandoned Boots store card on the same table. The name of the person holding the card is unknown.

Revelations about that party, held just hours before Queen Elizabeth II had to attend her husband’s funeral alone due to physical distancing rules, caused outrage. It was then learned that a suitcase full of wine had been carried to Downing Street and that a garden swing used by the Prime Minister’s son had been broken.

According to the sources, after a Christmas party, traces of white powder and small plastic bags were also found on the morning of December 19, 2020 in the bathrooms of the office complex at number 10. The staff attributed the bags to possible drugs. because they were among other evidence of the party, such as bottles, empty cans and food containers.

According to another source with knowledge of the parties, it was known that there was drug use at the two meetings.

Senior civil servant Sue Gray was commissioned to write a report on parties at 10 Downing Street and other government buildings during lockdown. In her report there is no mention of drug use.

Last year there were reports of possible cocaine use in toilets near what was then Johnson’s parliamentary office, as well as in other places on parliamentary grounds.

Johnson’s anti-drug strategy proposed confiscating the passports and driving licenses of middle-class users, in order to “disrupt” their lives.

During Truss’s brief tenure as prime minister, her spokesman said that “cracking down on illegal drugs” was a priority.

The Guardian newspaper posed a series of questions to Truss about the claims relating to Chevening, but the former prime minister declined to comment in detail. A spokesperson responded with a one-liner statement: “This is categorically false.”

“Had there been evidence that this alleged activity occurred during her use of Chevening, Ms Truss would hope that she would have been informed and that the matter would have been properly investigated by the relevant authorities,” the spokesperson added. “As it stands, The Guardian has not provided any evidence to support these spurious claims.”

The Foreign Office declined to comment on the allegations about the activities in Chevening.

“Boris Johnson has been surprised by these allegations as he has not been previously reported to suggest drug use at 10 Downing Street and, to his knowledge, no such allegations were made to Sue Gray. nor to any other investigator,” a spokesman for Boris Johnson said.

“One of the hallmarks of Mr. Johnson’s tenure was his vigorous campaign against drug use, especially among the middle class,” he added. “His government invested a lot to toughen police measures to help put an end to drug gangs in rural areas that cause so much sadness; [Johnson] He called time and again for the use and sale of Class A drugs to be punished more harshly.

“The Guardian has not provided any evidence to support these claims; if there were any substantive claims, we would expect the police to be informed,” said a spokesperson for 10 Downing Street. “There has been an independent investigation into the meetings that took place during the previous administration, and its conclusions are public; that information was also passed on to the London Metropolitan Police, who at the time carried out their own investigation.”



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