Sally Bercow 'tempted to try mexxy'
Speaker's wife Sally Bercow has said the Government's plans to ban a so-called legal high made her tempted to try it before it was too late.
Mexxy, which is sold as an alternative to ketamine and has been linked to two deaths, will be banned within days while the Government's drugs advisers consider whether it should be permanently controlled.
Mrs Bercow assured her more than 45,000 followers on Twitter she would not actually buy any, but admitted she was tempted and "now obsessed with the stuff, despite never having heard of it 1/2 hr ago".
"Am I the only one now slightly tempted to try mexxy before it becomes illegal? I won't, obvs," she wrote.
Later, she added: "Oh, the mexxy ban is only 'temporary'. What's that all about? (Am now obsessed with the stuff, despite never having heard of it 1/2 hr ago)."
The high-profile wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow made the comments less than two hours after the temporary ban, which will last for up to 12 months, was announced by the Home Office.
It follows concerns that two people whose bodies were found in Leicestershire in February may have taken some form of the drug after buying it over the internet.
Police warned people not to take mexxy, which was advertised and sold as a safe alternative to the class C drug ketamine, after the bodies of a 59-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were found in Leicester and Melton Mowbray on February 11 and 12 respectively.
Under the new temporary banning order, anyone caught making, supplying or importing mexxy, or methoxetamine, will face up to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Home Office said.
Crime Prevention Minister Lord Henley said: "Making this drug illegal sends a clear message to users and those making and supplying it that we are stepping up our fight against substances which are dangerous and ruin the lives of victims and their families."