POLITICIANS snorted cocaine off their office desks in Westminster, a former MP has claimed.
Ex-Lib Dem MP Mark Oaten – who quit politics in 2006 after his affair with a rent boy was exposed – said drugs were rife in Parliament when he was there.
He told LBC: “Drugs are commonplace… I used to know of MPs who were snorting coke off their office desks.”
He added: “I saw widespread mistreatment of researchers, which was totally unacceptable.
“I saw MPs trying to chat up members of the public as they queued to get into Prime Minister’s Question Time in return for a free ticket.
“I’m afraid what I saw was pretty awful.”
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It came as Cabinet ministers yesterday demanded Parliament must change after yet another MP was accused of rape and sexual assault.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the latest allegations showed that the “culture” of the House of Commons “needs to change further”.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi told Talk TV: “We have to make sure that both the culture and Parliament is one that not just MPs, female or male MPs, but our staff feel safe and feel that it is a healthy work environment.
“And it breaks my heart, it makes me feel determined that we need to collectively do much more to create an environment where this is just unacceptable.”