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|Rachel Johnson, the journalist and sister of two Conservative ministers, has joined the Liberal Democrats in protest against Tory support for Brexit, the Guardian has learned.
The Mail on Sunday columnist and author has also toyed with the idea of running as a Lib Dem candidate for a West Country seat but may not have enough time to be selected to stand in the general election on 8 June.
A member of the Conservative party until 2011, Johnson, whose brothers Boris and Jo are foreign secretary and universities minister respectively, has made no secret of her support for Britain remaining in the EU, either in her newspaper columns or during her regular slot on Sky.
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In the aftermath of the referendum in June she wrote about how she “sat down and wept” over the result. Johnson has also written about the fallout from her brother Boris’s decision to lead the leave campaign. But until now she has always§ stopped short of leaving the party.
Last year, she wrote in her column: “In general elections I have voted nothing but Tory, and since I have two brothers standing as MPs for the party, it’s sort of a matter of family duty.”
Johnson’s decision to join the Lib Dems is expected to infuriate her brother Boris, who has had a relatively marginal role in the post-Brexit negotiations so far.
She could not be reached for comment, while a spokesman for the Lib Dems declined to confirm her membership, citing data protection rules.
With just nine MPs, the Lib Dems have campaigned consistently against Brexit. Party rules insist candidates must have been members for at least a year. But if Johnson decides to stand, one option is the party not standing against her.
Another charity worker, Abbie Butcher, who works for Amazing Graze soup kitchen in Blackpool, said about a third of the 60 to 100 people it saw three nights a week were regular spice users. Butcher added that numbers had increased over the last four to six months. “I can honestly say it scares me to think how many people this drug is going to kill before more measures are put in place for detection.”
Lancashire police said they did not recognise it as more of problem in the area than in other parts of England. They did, however, say Blackpool police were working with partners at the council to tackle antisocial behaviour related to dug abuse, including the use of spice.
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Butcher said: “Maybe it’s a case of the police service is the last to have to deal with the issue. I can only comment on what I witness firsthand. It’s extremely dangerous and I think we should be really concerned for the future especially for the younger generation with it being so easy to buy and cheaper than cannabis.”
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