(2014) Conservative M.P. Mark Menzies -resigns amid claims he paid male escort for sex and drugs

Mark Menzies, 42, quit his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary after a Sunday Mirror investigation by Matthew Drake in Sao Paulo

A top Tory MP resigned as a Ministerial aide tonight after a Sunday Mirror investigation into claims he paid a teenage rent boy for sex and drugs.

Mark Menzies, 42, quit his post as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) over allegations made by a Brazilian male escort.

Rogerio Santos claimed Mr Menzies, 42, paid for his services 18 months ago, before showing him around Parliament.

The 19-year-old then claims the MP asked him to supply him with illegal methedrone.

His allegations led to Mr Menzies ­dramatically quitting last night as a ­Parliamentary Private Secretary with the Department for International ­Development.

He said: “I have decided to resign as a PPS after a series of allegations were made against me in a Sunday newspaper.”

We were contacted by Santos in a series of emails last week in which he openly admitted being a rent boy.

He told us: “I have been having sex with a Conservative MP for money.

“Mark also asked me to buy methedrone.

“I have personal messages of him talking to me about drugs.”

ARTICLE: Ed Miliband held a private meeting with drug shame bank chairman

  • Methodist minister Paul Flowers, 63, caught on camera buying drugs
  • It was just days after he was grilled by MPs over his bank’s performance
  • Flowers boasted of using ketamine along with cannabis and club drug GHB
  • Ed Miliband held private talks in Commons office with disgraced bank boss
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Ed Miliband held private talks in his Commons office with the  disgraced Co-op Bank boss embroiled in a drugs scandal, it emerged last night.

The revelation left the Labour leader facing potentially damaging questions about his relationship with the Reverend Paul Flowers.

Flowers is being investigated by the police after being caught on film apparently buying hard drugs, including crack cocaine and crystal meth.

But last night it emerged that Flowers had enjoyed astonishing access and influence at the top of the Labour establishment for years.

Labour sources confirmed that Mr Miliband had personally appointed Flowers to his elite Business and Industry Advisory Group in 2010 — and even invited him for private talks in his Commons office last year.

It also emerged that Flowers described Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as a ‘political friend’ and boasted of helping to arrange a £50,000 donation for him from the Co-op last year.

Both Mr Miliband and Mr Balls deny being close to Flowers, who was suspended by Labour last night for ‘bringing the party into disrepute.’

A spokesman for Mr Balls, one of 32 Labour MPs sponsored by the Co-op, said he had never held a meeting with Flowers and never discussed the donation with him.

The near-collapse of the Co-op Bank is embarrassing for Labour, which has long ties with the organisation.

Last year Mr Miliband hailed the firm as the future of banking in a speech at the its headquarters.

And many MPs receive financial support from the Co-op, including shadow Treasury chief secretary Chris Leslie, shadow Europe minister Gareth Thomas and shadow constitutional reform minister Stephen Twigg.

Labour’s Business and Industry Advisory Group was set up by Mr Miliband to provide him with personal advice on business policy.

ARTICLE AND AUDIO: The Revd Paul Flowers ticked all the right ‘progressive’ boxes — that’s why he could get away with anything

Sustainability. Tick! Inclusivity. Tick! Fairtrade. Tick! All that mattered to Labour was the Crystal Methodist’s show of liberal piety.

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Yet again, one particular question has formed on lips up and down the land. How in heaven’s name could so many people have failed to spot such a spectacular abuse of a public position?

We heard it first in the Jimmy Savile scandal, when the posthumous discovery of half a century of predation left people incredulous that so many had known about but done nothing to stop his serial depravities. Now a similar question needs to be asked about the Revd Paul Flowers, the disgraced Methodist minister and former chairman of the Co-op Bank who was filmed apparently handing over £300 to buy a stash of cocaine and crystal meth and also boasted of using ketamine, cannabis and a club drug, GHB.

The real scandal, though, is not just that he was a staggeringly incompetent bank chief who knew next to nothing about banking and presided over a bank that somehow fell into a £1.5 billion black hole. It is not even his predilection for cocaine, crystal meth and the occasional ‘two-day, drug-fuelled gay orgy’ (to use his words). The scandal is that no one spotted that he was spectacularly unsuited to the jobs he was given — or if they did, they chose to do nothing about it. Yet again, a public figure with his ethics pinned to his sleeve somehow existed beyond proper scrutiny.

In the frame alongside the deeply un-fragrant Flowers are various institutions which now have questions to answer. The Co-op Bank, which elected him chairman. The Labour party, which banked his donations. Ed Miliband, who dined with him and appointed him to Labour’s financial and industrial advisory board. And the Methodist Church, which appointed him a ‘superintendent’ minister and designated him a trustee for its investment funds and property — even though he had next to no expertise in business.

Oh — and he has also been a member of the Advertising Standards Authority, vice-chairman of the National Association of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux and chairman of Manchester Camerata, the city’s chamber orchestra, not to mention chairman of the drug abuse charity Lifeline and the Terrence Higgins Trust. He is an icon of our time.

So how come none of these bodies ever spotted his spectacular unsuitability to be a member of the Great and the Good?

His striking unfitness to advise anyone on economic matters was demonstrated at the Treasury select committee earlier this month. Asked to state the Co-op Bank’s total assets, he guessed £3 billion; it was actually £47 billion. His performance may well have caused onlookers to scratch their heads and ask themselves: just what exotic substances is he on?

Read on and listen to the audio:  http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9082571/an-icon-of-our-time/

ARTICLE: Scandal as MPs are Found to be Snorting Cocaine in Parliament

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Then again, what’s new? Take a look at the previous drug-related charges of the “elite”

  • Evidence of class A drug use detected in UK’s seat of power
  • Chemical swabs found substance on toilet seats and hair dryers
  • Drug was also found in toilets close to MPs’ offices, away from public areas 
Evidence of cocaine use has been found inside toilets at the Houses of Parliament, including some just yards from MPs’ offices.

Traces of the class A drug were found in nine toilets throughout the Palace Of Westminster, the meeting place of the UK’s political elite.

The powder was detected in toilets used by guests at Parliament’s bars, as well as cubicles a few yards away from MPs’ offices – areas where members of the public are restricted from going.

The drug use was uncovered using cocaine indicator swabs, which come up with blue blotches when rubbed on surfaces where the drug has been laid out in lines, such as toilet seats and hairdryers. The swabs are used by the police and customs officers.

As Parliament’s toilets are cleaned regularly, the white powder must have been snorted in the past few hours, according to reporters from The Sun, who did the testing.

Users would have to smuggle the drug past extensive security checks and 500 police officers and guards.

The reporters, acting on a tip-off from a House of Commons insider, claim to have found evidence of the drug in the cubicles of the toilets outside Strangers’ Bar and in private areas close to MPs’ offices.

Tory MP Douglas Carswell was scathing about the find. He said: ‘With decadence comes something rotten. It suggests there is something rotten about the institution itself.’ On two occasions cannabis has been confiscated at Westminster’s entry checkpoints since the start of 2008, according to a Freedom of Information request. A Parliamentary spokesman said: ‘Parliament is a public place and we welcome over a million visitors a year who have either direct access to these facilities or access when accompanied. ‘Clearly, it is inappropriate to monitor what happens in toilet facilities. In addition, we have issued over 14,000 passes, held by contractors and other third parties, as well as staff of both Houses, Members and their staff. ‘Consequently, it is impossible to know who may be involved. Our security searches are focussed on preventing harm to others and the building, not the detection of small amounts of drugs. ‘Parliament takes the issue of substance misuse very seriously and offers a range of welfare and health support services for those who need them.’ A few days ago a Parliamentary watchdog said MPs should have an 11 per cent pay rise to £74,000 a year. In 2005 a German television station found traces of cocaine in 41 of 46 lavatories tested at the European Parliament in Brussels. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362866/Corridors-powder-Drug-scandal-Houses-Parliament-traces-cocaine-toilets-Palace-Westminster.html#ixzz2ZF38JDTW Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

ARTICLE: Conservative M.P. George Osborne: Cocaine and Hookers

ABC Australia has the golden interview. Key allegations from former sex worker Natalie Rowe:

“I mean it’s been said in the newspapers that he was at university. He wasn’t. At the time he was working for William Hague. I remember that vividly because he called William Hague insipid and I didn’t know what the word meant. I do now. So he definitely was in government by then but I think he was getting more and more of a high profile. So there was definitely, there was cocaine on that night on the table. George Osborne did take cocaine on that night. And not just on that night. He took it on a regular basis with me, with his friends. There were more witnesses, not just me, that witnessed George Osborne taking cocaine. So it’s you know, there are other people out there that know the truth. On that particular night he had taken a line. And I said to George jokingly that when you’re prime minister one day I’ll have all the dirty goods on you. And he laughed and took a big fat line of cocaine.”

Other key parts of the interview with Emma Alberici of ABC Australia:

EMMA ALBERICI: Were you friends?

NATALIE ROWE: Me and George?

EMMA ALBERICI: Yes.

NATALIE ROWE: Yeah.

EMMA ALBERICI: And did it ever become more than friendship?

NATALIE ROWE: Yes.

EMMA ALBERICI: What did George Osborne think about your line of work?

NATALIE ROWE: He was very intrigued. What initially happened was is that William and George and Christopher, I’d left them at my apartment. I initially kept it a secret from William. I mean they knew that I had an escort agency but they didn’t know what I did. When I got back they’d found the paddles and the whips, the chains and the handcuffs. But they found it quite amusing.

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Though he’s not sure whether tonight’s interview has this detail, Guido understands that Osborne’s “safe word” during kinky paid for sex and cocaine sessions (in case they got out of hand) was“Louise”.

UPDATE II: Mark Lewis is representing Ms. Rowe and puts the boot in suggesting that the News of the World editorial at the time was toned down and Osborne was forever in Coulson’s debt.

MARK LEWIS: The editor at the time was Andy Coulson. And I think that’s worth remembering because of the future relationship that we have between the Conservative Party, the prime minister and Andy Coulson… That editorial could have gone completely the other way. It could have said, for example, whilst we do not believe that George Osborne took drugs he showed a serious error of judgement being at the party or being at the flat where drugs were taken, where there was an allegation of prostitution. He showed that error of judgement and therefore he’s not right to be in the heart of politics. Now the decision on which spin to give to the story by the editor of the News of the World particularly was something that determined his future in politics.

EMMA ALBERICI: You think so?

MARK LEWIS: Undoubtedly so because the editorial could have been written the other way. And if it would have been written the other way it would have finished his career I’m sure.

This is messy…

 

Hat tip:  http://order-order.com/2011/09/12/osborne-coke-and-hookers-story-breaking-tonight/ART