Seven of the 11 declared candidates to be Britain’s next Prime Minister have admitted to The Mail on Sunday that they have dabbled in illegal drugs.
Asked to come clean after the shock revelations about Michael Gove’s cocaine use, just four of the
However Mr Gove remains the only candidate to admit to using Class A substances.
Health Secretary Matthew Hancock and former Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom confessed that they had smoked cannabis at university – but both denied ever taking Class A drugs.
Health Secretary Matthew Hancock and former Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom confessed that they had smoked cannabis at university – but both denied ever taking a Class A drug
In an interview with the
He replied: ‘No, not to my knowledge.’
Johnson has previously confessed to trying to snort a line of cocaine before a sneeze botched his attempt.
He then claimed the white powder may have been icing sugar.
Last night Ms Leadsom said: ‘I have never taken cocaine or Class A drugs. I smoked weed at university and have never smoked it again since.’ But she added: ‘Everyone is entitled to a private life before becoming an MP.’
Mr Hancock also 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 admitted the Health Secretary ‘smoked cannabis a few times as a student but had not taken any illicit drugs since.’
Home Secretary Sajid Javid, former Chief Whip Mark Harper and former Universities Minister Sam Gyimah all denied ever taking any illegal drugs.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has previously admitted he drank a cannabis-infused smoothie while travelling as a young man, saying: ‘I think I had a cannabis lassi when I went backpacking through India.’
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has previously admitted to smoking cannabis as a student
Aid Secretary Rory Stewart last week confessed that he smoked opium at an Iranian wedding 15 years ago. He said: ‘It was something that was very wrong, I made a stupid mistake.’
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has previously admitted to smoking cannabis as a student. But he told Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday: ‘I’ve never taken cocaine or any other Class A drugs. I think Class A drugs are a bit different.’
Last night Boris Johnson distanced himself from rival Mr Gove by insisting previous reports that he had taken cocaine were incorrect and he had only been offered the drug.
He has previously admitted smoking marijuana, but declared he was very anti-drugs now.
He said: ‘There was a period before university when I had quite a few spliffs. It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger.’
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May denied ever taking drugs when asked as Home Secretary.
Her predecessor David Cameron famously managed to avoid ever answering directly whether he had taken cocaine, by claiming he had a ‘normal university experience’.
The former Prime Minister refused to go into detail, saying only: ‘There were things that I did then that I don’t think that I should talk about now I’m a politician.’
Last night Jeremy Corbyn also denied any drug taking, saying: ‘No, I’ve led a very normal life in many ways’.
But the Labour leader claimed he was ‘unconcerned’ at Mr Gove’s ‘past behaviour’, adding: ‘He’s decided to tell us what his past was like, that’s his business.’