Michael Gove admits he was 'fortunate' to avoid jail for cocaine use

Cheryl Sanders
June 9, 2019

And the confessions among top Tories don't end there: Dominic Raab has said he smoked cannabis in college, Rory Stewart admitted to smoking opium at a wedding in Iran 15 years ago, and Jeremy Hunt said he sampled a cannabis lassi while backpacking in India.

May stepped down as leader of the governing Conservatives on Friday.

The former justice secretary said: "I have seen it close up and I have also seen it in the work that I have done as a politician".

Tory leadership hopeful Michael Gove has admitted to taking cocaine "on several occasions" earlier in his life. "It would mean reducing the regulations which hold business back, cutting and reforming taxes - such as business rates - which put pressure on small businesses and undermine our high streets, using the opportunity of life outside the European Union to look to replace VAT with a lower, simpler, sales tax", he added.

The Environment Secretary told the newspaper he took the drug whilst working as a young journalist, adding he wished he hadn't.

"Sadly Michael - like others before him - has delivered a politically crafted and deeply unconvincing handwringing statement of regret for committing a victimless crime".

He added: "I think it is the case that if I were elected as the prime minister of this country then of course it would be the case that I would be able to go to the United States". It was something that was very wrong, I made a stupid mistake. "I didn't act with an eye to that".

"The question now is that people should look at my record as a politician and ask themselves 'is this person we see ready to lead now?'", he said.

Gove said he hoped that the disclosure would not prevent him being appointed the next prime minister.

Gove's admission comes ahead of the release of a book about him by Owen Bennett entitled Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry, which details Gove telling Tory advisers that he had used cocaine during the 2016 Tory leadership contest.

"It was a long time ago and pretty few and far between".

Meanwhile, in what appears to be a current freaky trend of attempting to appear more street-wise and "down-to-earth" to Tory members (i.e. voters in the impending leadership race), Rory Stewart, another of the Tory leadership contenders, recently apologised after admitting he had smoked opium at a wedding in Iran.

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