Gove insists he is ‘ready to be PM’ despite cocaine row

Larry Hoffman
June 12, 2019

Talking to BBC Radio 4's This day programme, Daily Mail assistant editor Simon Walters - who interviewed Mr Gove - acknowledged the confession became once no longer going to possess an affect on toughen from MPs or birthday party participants in London - but that will alternate extra away from the capital.

And International Secretary Jeremy Hunt - one other candidate - suggested the Cases he had beneath the impact of alcohol a hashish lassi while backpacking by India.

Global Pattern Secretary Rory Stewart, who's one of these standing in opposition to him, has already apologised for smoking opium - a class A drug within the United Kingdom - at a marriage in Iran 15 years ago.

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"Obviously it will be for my colleagues in parliament and members of the Conservatives Party to decide now if I should be leader", he added.

Johnson, who was married to Indian-origin Marina Wheeler and is the favourite to win the election and enter 10, Downing Street, has previously admitted to taking cocaine while at the University of Oxford: "That was when I was 19".

He faced suggestions of double standards after it was recalled that as education secretary he oversaw government regulations under which teachers could be banned from the profession for life if they were convicted of similar Class A drug abuse.

Many people will look back at their youth and regret some of the decisions they made - but should this have an impact on their later careers.

His TV apology came as Mr Javid launched a blistering attack on middle-class drug users, saying they were more anxious about the source of their fairtrade coffee than their cocaine. "I think all politicians have lives before politics".

"I took it... several occasions, on social occasions, more than twenty years ago when I was working as a journalist", he added.

Mr Gove's fellow Tory management hopeful Dominic Raab, who has previously admitted smoking hashish, told This day: "I think Michael has keep out that he made a mistake".

"I didn't act with an check up on to that". He says he won't criticize anyone for "holding their hand up and saying 'I got that wrong'".

Mr Gove said he does not feel that his past mistakes should be held against him.

Leadership nominations will close at 17:00 BST on Monday, the party has said.

Last night, immigration minister Mark Harper had six, while Ms McVey and global development secretary Rory Stewart had five apiece.

The Tory management hopeful beforehand said he took the class A drug while working as a journalist.

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