With the public having started showing an increased acceptance of MPs who have somewhat of a ‘chequered’ past, the strategy which the new 21st-century politicians have apparently started following is: to confess about a brief period of squandered youth!
Such a confession recently came from 41-year-old Louise Mensch, the Conservative MP for Corby, who admitted on BBC Question Time that she took class-A drugs in her youth. She also added that she “incredibly” regrets taking the drugs, which she said “messed with” her brain.
Talking about her past when she did drugs in her youth, Mensch said that drugs have had “long-term mental health effects” on her, as they left her suffering from pangs of anxiety. She further elaborated that doing drugs caused her to become “more anxious than I need to be”; and said: “It’s nothing that anybody needs to glorify.”
Though Mensch confessed on Question Time that she did “serious drugs” when she was younger, she stopped short of disclosing to presenter David Dimbleby the name of the drugs that she had taken.
Meanwhile, Mensch’s disclosure about her drugs addiction in her youth has reportedly prompted Keith Vaz - a Labour MP and chairman of the Home Affairs committee in the Commons – to write to the Conservative MP and ask her to give evidence to a drugs-related inquiry in the UK.
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