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Michael Gove's No 10 hopes falter after cocaine admission | The Guardian |

Michael Gove's campaign to be Conservative leader is hanging in the balance with calls for him to quit the race, as he was forced to insist that he never misled officials about his use of class A drugs.

The environment secretary gave an interview admitting he was "fortunate" to have avoided jail for possession of cocaine, after a new book revealed he had taken the drug on several occasions while a journalist around 20 years ago.


Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians criticised Gove for double standards, while Sayeeda Warsi, the former Tory co-chairman, said he should "step away from the leadership race" after showing "hypocrisy of the highest order".

Javid, the home secretary and one of his fellow leadership contenders, also hit out at middle-class users of class A drugs who failed to think of the "countless lives destroyed" by the trade.


Gove's drug confession appears to have been particularly damaging because of the accusation of hypocrisy, with the Observer reporting that in 1999 Gove wrote an article in the Times setting out why he opposed what he called "London's liberal consensus" on loosening rules on the use of cocaine and other drugs. In the piece, headlined "When it's right to be a hypocrite", he set out why he believed drug laws should not be repealed.  

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 at 05:27:52 AM EST
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