Cocaine residue found in former British PM's temporary residence

 December 17, 2022

Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was in office barely a month, is back in the headlines due to drugs being found at the former residence where she lived. 

According to the Washington Examiner, traces of what was believed to be cocaine residue, and later confirmed to be that, were found in the former grace-and-favor home she resided in, as other UK officials had lived in the past.

A member of the cleaning staff at the residence originally claimed that the substance was identified after a party held by Truss and some of her political circle.

Though Truss has steadfastly denied that she knows anything about why it was there, the substance was confirmed later to be cocaine, raising questions.

"Categorically untrue"

Truss has denied any involvement in any party where cocaine residue would have been leftover. A spokesperson for the former prime minister issued a statement to that effect.

"This is categorically untrue," the spokesperson said.

They added: "If there were evidence that this alleged activity had occurred during her use of Chevening, Ms. Truss would have expected to have been informed and for the relevant authorities to have properly investigated the matter. As it is, the Guardian have produced no evidence to support these spurious claims."

The reference was to a Guardian report that broke the bombshell story, which quickly went viral.

The Guardian noted:

Possession of cocaine is a criminal offence which can lead to imprisonment for up to seven years, or an unlimited fine.

It added: "In July, the government launched a new crackdown on casual drug users, saying their passports could be confiscated. Separate sources have described finding similar deposits in the offices at No 10 Downing Street after two lockdown parties held when Boris Johnson was prime minister."

The party

The Guardian noted that the party where the suspected cocaine residue originated from was just before Queen Elizabeth mourned the passing of her husband.

"Revelations about that party, held just hours before the Queen had to mourn alone at her husband’s funeral because of social distancing rules, caused outrage. They included reports that a suitcase of wine was wheeled to Downing Street and that a garden swing for the prime minister’s son was broken," the outlet noted.

Others have speculated that the residue could have originated from parties held by members of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Cabinet.

While it will likely never be revealed where the drugs came from or why they were there, it looks like the Brits have some optics issues to take care of.

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