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A journalist has drug tested House of Commons toilets and locations frequented by MPs and found traces of cocaine in almost half of them.

Vice reporter Michael Segalov took “coke swabs” – which turn blue when they detect the drug – and tested them out on nine locations across the Houses of Parliament, and four came up for cocaine residue.

One of these places was the Norman Shaw North, a building of offices for MPs; traces of cocaine were found in the sinks in a men’s bathroom on the third floor, where he used the swab and it turned blue, an indication, according to the journalist, that cocaine was present on the surface.

In the same building on the second floor bathroom, another swab turned blue, though it was “less concentrated.”

Toilets in The Woolsack (a social club) showed “small traces” of cocaine and toilets near the Strangers’ Bar, accessible to any parliamentary passholders, MPs, visitors who attend functions and events, public officials and journalists, showed “a huge amount of cocaine residue.”

The disabled toilets outside The Woolsack, and two other bathrooms outside of MPs offices also tested positive.

The news comes after a whirlwind Tory leadership contest campaign had several contenders admit to taking illegal drugs in the past.

Michael Gove admitted to taking cocaine on “several occasions” at social gatherings when was a young journalist.

He told the Daily Mail:

"I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago.

At the time I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and think, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that’. It was 20 years ago and, yes, it was a mistake. But I don’t believe that past mistakes disqualify you.

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