Strictly Come Dancing announcer Alan Dedicoat has sensationally claimed Class A drugs including cocaine and ecstasy were regularly delivered to more than half of BBC staff.
BBC Veteran Mr Dedicoat, 60, who is known as the ‘voice of the balls’ because he has announced the National Lottery since 1995, said a drug dealer delivered his wares to BBC staff at their desks.
In a taped conversation which was handed to the Sun newspaper, Mr Dedicoat can be heard discussing the drugs deliveries, even claiming some members of BBC security staff were involved.
But today Mr Dedicoat, who did not say he had ever bought or taken drugs, has now backtracked and says ‘there is no truth’ in the allegations.
On the tape, which is believed to have been recorded in Wales, he is asked how many people bought from the drug dealer.
He said: ‘Erm, At least 50 per cent, he just goes from desk to desk.’
‘The police can do nothing about the fact that he’s delivering desk to desk.’
George Osborne’s hopes of succeeding David Cameron received a surprise boost yesterday when a Labour elder statesman backed him to become Prime Minister.
Frank Field said the Chancellor could emulate Margaret Thatcher, who made it to No 10 despite being unpopular at the start of her political career.
And in an equally remarkable tribute, former Minister Field compared Osborne’s £9-an-hour ‘living wage’ initiative in the Budget to Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s creation of the modern welfare state.
Field’s praise for Osborne, currently on holiday in Italy, follows polls showing the Chancellor’s ratings as a potential Prime Minister have soared in recent months.
Buoyed by the economic recovery, he is catching up with Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Theresa May. Field said the ‘living wage’ proposal could help to transform Osborne’s image.
‘When Margaret Thatcher first came to people’s attention as Education Secretary, she was very unpopular,’ said Field, the only Labour politician who was a close confidant of Lady Thatcher. ‘But she changed and went on to become one of the great Prime Ministers. I think Osborne may do the same.’
As Education Secretary in Edward Heath’s Conservative Government in the early 1970s, Lady Thatcher was nicknamed ‘Thatcher the Milk Snatcher’ after she scrapped free milk in primary schools.
We must not forget Mr Osbourne younger days..
(Inside Science) — Since the HIV epidemic began in the 1980s, scientists have been exploring the idea that cocaine and other stimulants could increase the chance of infection and assist the progression of HIV into full-blown AIDS.
New research on unusual mice with implanted human immune systems adds weight to previous work, suggesting a link between cocaine and HIV is legitimate.
Earlier studies measured the rate of HIV infection in human cells exposed to cocaine compared to cells not under the influence of the stimulant. Those findings favored the idea that cocaine increases the risk of HIV infection. So have other experiments that gave infected laboratory mice cocaine.