Drugs Britain: 7 of 11 Prime Minister contenders confess taken drugs before
London, June 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-SEVEN out of the 11 Tory leadership hopefuls have admitted they’ve dabbled in drugs in the past.
After Michael Gove’s shock confession he took coke on several occasions,the rest have been forced to fess up about their rebellious pasts too.
Mr Gove admitted he took cocaine as a young journalist on Saturday after revelations from a new book emerged.
The Environment Secretary told the Daily Mail he had taken coke on “several occasions at social events”.
On Sunday, he said he “deeply regrets” the mistakes, was lucky to have dodged jail, and begged his colleagues for forgiveness.
The others have been forced into divulging their drug pasts too, as nominations to stand to become the next Tory leader and PM close on Monday
Gove, Leadsom, Johnson, Hunt, Raab and Stewar
BORIS JOHNSON – I TRIED BUT FAILED
Asked by the Sunday Times whether he’d ever taken any drugs, he replied: “No, not to my knowledge.”
He once said he tried to snort a line of cocaine but sneezed.
Former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson said: “I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed and so it did not go up my nose. In fact, I may have been given icing sugar.”
He told GQ magazine in 2007: “I tried it at university and I remember it vividly. And it achieved no pharmacological, psychotropic or any other effect on me whatsoever.”
JEREMY HUNT – I HAD A CANNABIS LASSI
Mr Hunt has said “I think I had a cannabis lassi when I went backpacking through India.”
DOMINIC RAAB – I TRIED CANNABIS
Former Brexit Secretary Mr Raab admitted: “At university, I tried cannabis, not very often as I was into sport.
“It was a mistake, particularly the more I know now about the link between it and mental health issues.
“But it was a long time ago and was particularly few and far between and I have never taken cocaine or any class A drugs.”
ANDREA LEADSOM – I DID WEED AT UNIVERSITY
Contender for leadership told The Sun on Sunday yesterday: “I smoked weed at university and have never smoked it since.
“Everyone is entitled to a private life before becoming an MP.
“I have never taken cocaine or Class A drugs.”
SAJID JAVID – NEVER TOUCHED DRUGS
The Home Secretary was asked on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday today whether he’d ever done drugs.
He replied: “No” but also blasted middle-class users for “destroying lives”.
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RORY STEWART – I DID OPIUM AT A IRANIAN WEDDING
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, who smoked opium more than 15 years ago, says it was a “very stupid mistake”.
“I was invited into the house, the opium pipe was passed around at a wedding. I thought – this is going be a very strange afternoon to walk – but it may be that the family was so poor they put very little opium in the pipe.
“I made a stupid mistake – I was at a wedding in a large community meeting and somebody passed round this pipe and I smoked it.
“I shouldn’t have done it, it was wrong.”
MATT HANCOCK – I TRIED CANNABIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG
Mr Hancock, the Health Secretary said: “I have never taken cocaine.
“But I feel very strongly that everyone has a right to a private life and Michael Gove should not be hounded over something he did 20 years ago.”
Aides said he had “smoked cannabis a few times as a student but had not taken any illicit drugs since.”
AFTER Michael Gove’s bombshelf cocaince confession, the Sun on Sunday found out the drugs of other MPs in Parliament.
- Sian Berry, Green Party: Tried cocaine in the 1990s and “hated it”. Smoked cannabis. Says law leads to “massive” criminal profits in “a pharmaceutical Wild West”.
- Sir Vince Cable, Lib Dems: Has never touched drugs — not even cigs. Admits he enjoys “occasional rum & coke”. Backs regulation of cannabis to curb criminal market.
- Nigel Farage, Brexit Party: Told The Sun on Sunday yesterday: “I’ve never taken any illegal drugs of any description. I’m a drinker and a smoker — that’s enough.”
- Jo Swinson, Lib Dems: Yesterday told The Sun on Sunday: “I smoked cannabis at university, which is something I suspect lots of people my age would admit to.”
- Jeremy Corbyn. Labour Leader: Asked if he has taken drugs, he said yesterday: “No, I’ve led a very normal life…I’m unconcerned about Michael Gove’s past.”
- Ed Davey. Lib Dems: Smoked cannabis as a student. Hits out at poor people being criminalised while rich get off, saying: “The war on drugs has clearly failed.”
MARK HARPER – NO TO DRUGS
Yesterday said he had never taken illegal substances.
“There’s misery throughout the supply chain for illicit drugs such as cocaine,” he said.
ESTHER MCVEY – I DID POT
The Brexiteer told Pienaar’s Politics on the BBC today: “I haven’t taken any cocaine like Michael Gove has.
“Have I tried pot? Yes I have.”
SAM GYIMAH – NO TO DRUGS