London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey wants firms to test staff for drugs to help stamp out gang violence
The Evening Standard
Big companies should carry out random drug tests on their staff, Shaun Bailey has said.
The Conservative London mayor candidate said the aim of mandatory drugs tests on staff would not be to get people fired, but to change the culture around drug use.
People who buy drugs are “funding the criminals who…unleash mayhem” on London’s streets, he argued.
London is by far the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe with a market worth £1 billion per year, a study by King’s College London claimed last year.
London is the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe (PA)
In an open letter addressed to London’s business leaders, he wrote: “This is a huge problem. Drug use is not only a crime in itself; drug use is a direct cause of crime, from county lines gangs to stabbings on our streets.
“When people buy drugs, they are funding the criminals who traffic vulnerable kids and unleash mayhem on our streets.
“So as mayor, I’ll call for every business in London with over 250 employees to sign up to a drug testing charter.”
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