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Great Britain. Media: three Members got drunk on their way to a garrison in Gibraltar

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The Times and The Sun revealed on Thursday that three MPs from the Scottish National Party and the Labor Party had gotten drunk on a flight to Gibraltar to visit a British garrison stationed there. In addition, the two were said to have a fuss upon landing when asked about proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Drew Hendry and David Linden from the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Charlotte Nichols from the Labor Party were part of a group of 15 MPs participating in the trip to Gibraltar. It is organized as part of a travel program for Members to British military bases, whereby they can “make an informed and useful contribution to the defense debate”.


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The three MPs were intoxicated, according to the newspapers, citing witnesses after the plane landed in Gibraltar, and one witness said they had already been drinking before departing from Heathrow airport. In addition, Hendry and Linden were reportedly fussing after landing when asked for proof of vaccination against COVID-19. In turn, the BBC reported that the two military nannies who picked up MPs from the airport were so concerned about the state of the three that they reported the incident to the defense ministry in London.

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Defense Minister Ben Wallace said such behavior puts military personnel in a difficult position and risks undermining respect for parliament. Hendry and Linden, however, deny the events described by the press.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said this was a “shameful attempt” to distract attention from the controversy surrounding many Conservative MPs taking extra paid jobs. The Labor Party, on the other hand, has not yet responded to these allegations.

The situation is all the more embarrassing because the case coincides with the anniversary of the end of World War I falling on Thursday and with Remembrance Sunday. On both of these days, Great Britain is solemnly paying tribute to the soldiers who died in both world wars and subsequent conflicts.

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