Disgraced minister and former Co-op bank boss Paul Flowers admits possession of cocaine and crystal meth

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Disgraced former Co-operative Bank boss Paul Flowers has admitted possessing drugs including cocaine and crystal meth.

The former Hampshire minister, dubbed the Crystal Methodist, appeared before magistrates in Leeds where he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of class A drugs - cocaine and methamphetamine - and one count of possession of class C drug ketamine He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £125 costs.

Flowers, 63, stepped down as the Co-op Bank's chairman in June after claims of illegal drug use and inappropriate expenses payments.

He was also suspended by the Methodist Church and the Labour Party.

The Co-op confirmed last year that it was seeking to recover contractual payments totalling £31,000 made to Flowers amid reports that he was also the subject of an inquiry into ''lavish'' expense claims.

Flowers arrived at court before the doors had been unlocked, leaving him to stand on the street for five minutes surrounded by photographers and TV cameras.

He said: ''Don't ask me any questions because I won't give any answers.''

He repeated his description of the mass of reporters and photographers as ''vultures'' as he stood and endured a barrage of flash photography, eventually saying: ''Do you have enough now?''

Court staff opened the doors at 9am and let the pinstripe-suited clergyman into the building.

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12:51pm Wed 7 May 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Typical NuLabourite druggy criminal Paul Flowers had the cheek to describe press reporters and photographers as vultures because they were simply trying to do their jobs, for which they may not be paid anywhere near the bonuses and salaries the favourite bank boss of NuLabour politician used to receive. or while making massive losses the amounts of money Co-op Bank under the leadership of Paul Flowers used to donate and lend to the Thatcherised NuLabour Party.

The disgraced former Hampshire Methodist Minister, should know that what he described as vultures only turned up in large numbers because he himself may have consumed too much opium of working class, unscientific stuff called religion, and may have convinced himself that the miracles will keep on happening and with his connections in high places his crimes will never be investigated.

I think at one time there used be a guy who was known as God's banker because of his connection with top bosses of Roman Catholic Church in Italy, Now in UK we have his equal number NuLabour's Criminal Banker
Typical NuLabourite druggy criminal Paul Flowers had the cheek to describe press reporters and photographers as vultures because they were simply trying to do their jobs, for which they may not be paid anywhere near the bonuses and salaries the favourite bank boss of NuLabour politician used to receive. or while making massive losses the amounts of money Co-op Bank under the leadership of Paul Flowers used to donate and lend to the Thatcherised NuLabour Party. The disgraced former Hampshire Methodist Minister, should know that what he described as vultures only turned up in large numbers because he himself may have consumed too much opium of working class, unscientific stuff called religion, and may have convinced himself that the miracles will keep on happening and with his connections in high places his crimes will never be investigated. I think at one time there used be a guy who was known as God's banker because of his connection with top bosses of Roman Catholic Church in Italy, Now in UK we have his equal number NuLabour's Criminal Banker Paramjit Bahia
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