Michael Gove admits to taking cocaine on 'several social occasions'

Clay Curtis
June 9, 2019

Gove, who is the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is among the key candidates for the post of prime minister since Theresa May stepped down as Tory leader on 7 June.

"But I'm unconcerned about Michael Gove's past life or behaviour to be quite honest".

Talking about his own experience with opium, Mr Stewart said he smoked the drug from a pipe that was passed around a group of people whilst waiting for a wedding to start.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, a leadership rival to Mr Gove, told Sky News "It's not for me to pass judgment on fellow candidates" but added: "People do need to know - it doesn't matter if you are middle class or not - anyone who takes class A drugs, they need to think about that supply chain that comes from Colombia, let's say, to Chelsea and the number of lives that are destroyed along the way".

Hunt, who revealed in October 2018 that he is reflecting on the idea of apologising for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, was asked by The Times whether he took drugs in his younger days. "I look back and I think I wish I hadn't done that", he said.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, 51, told the Daily Mail that using cocaine was a mistake and "something I deeply regret", but he didn't think it should exclude him from office, the newspaper reported on Saturday. Certainly when I was working as a journalist I didn't imagine I would go into politics or public service. In the last leadership contest in 2016, Gove was going to run Johnson's campaign before dramatically declaring he'd run himself at the 11th hour, forcing Johnson, 54, to drop out. "I didn't act with an eye to that".

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When asked if he had declared his drug before becoming a minister, Mr Gove replied: "No one asked".

The past two months have seen former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab admitting to have dabbled with recreational cannabis, followed by Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt saying he quaffed a marijuana-laced drink while backpacking in India.

Mr Gove told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "I hugely respect Cressida Dick".

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

The 56-year-old said that while she was at university she dabbled in cannabis, but said she'd never done cocaine or any other Class A drug.

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

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