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Video: Johnson suggests Starmer’s front bench takes ‘excessive drugs’ – and no one asks him to withdraw it

During a Commons session this afternoon, embattled Boris Johnson was asked by a Labour MP whether there was ‘excessive’ drug taking in Downing Street to go with the excessive drinking mentioned in civil servant Sue Gray’s report. Johnson replied that any drug-taking would be excessive – and suggested that his questioner direct the same enquiry to his own front bench.

For whatever reason, contrary to usual practice and expectation nobody from Labour’s front bench sprang to their feet to complain to the Speaker and demand the accusation be withdrawn, as a check of the official Hansard record confirms:

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