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Tory leadership candidate and environment secretary Michael Gove has admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail that he took cocaine 'on several occasions' when he was a young journalist.
The MP said that he took the drug during social gatherings more than 20 years, which is now something that he regrets but hopes that it doesn't harm his attempts to become Tory leader.
I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago. At the time I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and think, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that’It was 20 years ago and, yes, it was a mistake. But I don’t believe that past mistakes disqualify you.
I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago.
At the time I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and think, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that’
It was 20 years ago and, yes, it was a mistake. But I don’t believe that past mistakes disqualify you.
Gove has received support from his colleague and fellow candidate hopeful, Dominic Raab who told BBC Radio 4 that he doesn't think the confession should bar Gove from the race.
It's ultimately for MPs and colleagues and members to decide, but I certainly don't see it as barring him from this race in any way.
This news comes just weeks after fellow candidate Rory Stewart admitted to smoking opium when he was travelling in Iran more than a decade ago.
Stewart's confession wasn't greeted with as many raised eyebrows as Gove's, whose position in government and role in Brexit has made him a divisive figure.
Michael Gove must now be wishing he’d gone for ‘no deal’ all those years ago. — Richard Osman (@Richard Osman)
With his coke confession Michael Gove is clearly trying to make himself edgy, street and interesting. But it remind… https://t.co/MqOvEpqRBa — Otto English (@Otto English)
I'm not sure I ever saw admitting to drug usage as a crucial step in the Tory leadership battle, but here we are ag… https://t.co/FFKb47HS2Q — Greg Jenner (@Greg Jenner)
MY GOVE HELL BY COCAINE. — David Quantick (@David Quantick)
Michael Gove returning back from his dealer https://t.co/tjthMFDFB5 — dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻)
Morning! #MichaelGove https://t.co/WimXhtJBnC — HappyToast ★ (@HappyToast ★)
After @RoryStewartUK's opium admission & @michaelgove's cocaine confession, every Tory leadership candidate will no… https://t.co/nYgoAeUWvT — Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)
Pretty cool how normal people can get thrown in jail for cocaine use (a policy Michael Gove doesn't want to change)… https://t.co/Htd8ipX0QN — James Felton (@James Felton)
How far we have fallen from morality when Gove's spinners think the electorate will be morally horrified by… https://t.co/KTR8pI0Nsv — Shaun Keaveny 💙 (@Shaun Keaveny 💙)
So Michael Gove has done more coke than any black people I know. Time for us to lecture him on the inherent crimina… https://t.co/ujBXNfSUd3 — Musa Okwonga (@Musa Okwonga)
I couldn’t care less obvs. In fact it seems ludicrous this can be front page all this time later. But I do remember… https://t.co/WAF8j1uPKG — richard bacon (@richard bacon)
The “deep regret” comes 5 to 6 hours later. Not 20 years later. He must have had a shit load. https://t.co/XRXp1mkGj3 — richard bacon (@richard bacon)
HT The Poke
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