The United Kingdom Independence Party’s youngest ever party chairman is in hot water after a Facebook photo album from a marijuana-fuelled party was discovered online.
In March 17-year-old Rosie Ward was appointed chairman for the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle branch of the party, but last week an album was spotted on her Facebook profile that could land Miss Ward at the centre of controversy.
She has since responded by saying that her father was present at the party and the weed was brought in by gatecrashers.
In an album on Miss Ward’s profile entitled Punk Party the album caption reads “The amount of baccy and weed I had to vacuum up.
“But all in all a fantastic night! X”
The album was last updated four months ago and lists the location as at The Hideaway Bar in Redruth, a venue which has since shut down.
Cornwall Councillor Harry Blakeley, who Miss Ward took over from as branch chairman, said: “I’m aware that there is a situation regarding a Rosie Ward and a Facebook post.
“Before considering Rosie for the role of chairman we strongly went through her history and she assured us that she had never smoked or taken any drugs.”
On her blog www.rosaleena.co.uk Miss Ward suggests in a post that rules imposed on smokers could drive young people to more dangerous drugs.
She said: “The continued persecution of smokers with these laws has caused another, more pressing issue to rise- the use of marijuana.
“The more rules imposed on smokers, the more young people passively turn against the authority and turn to more dangerous drugs, but the European Union still fail to address the true “war on drugs” and yet totally reject the idea of legalizing them.”
Miss Ward, who has since removed the post, was unanimously elected at a branch annual general meeting back in late March.
UKIP Cornwall's chairman Steph McWilliam said: "I've spoken to Rosie and she's assured us that her father was present at the party and the drugs were brought onto the premises by gatecrashers."