The Conservative Leadership Race: Highs and Lows... Jun 10, 2019 5:19:01 GMT -5 beth likes this
Post by fretslider on Jun 10, 2019 5:19:01 GMT -5
Nominations are closing in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, with almost a dozen contenders already battling it out over Brexit, tax policy and past drug use.
Seven of the Tory leadership hopefuls have admitted they've dabbled in drugs in the past. After Michael Gove's shock confession he took coke on several occasions, the rest have been forced to 'fess up about their rebellious pasts too.
Gove admitted he took cocaine as a young journalist on Saturday after revelations from a new book emerged. The Environment Secretary told the Daily Mail he had taken coke on “several occasions at social events”. Today he said he "deeply regrets" the mistakes, was lucky to have dodged jail, and begged his colleagues for forgiveness.
Boris Johnson - I Tried But Failed. Asked by the Sunday Times whether he'd ever taken any drugs, he replied: "No, not to my knowledge." He once said he tried to snort a line of cocaine but sneezed. Former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson said: "I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed and so it did not go up my nose. In fact, I may have been given icing sugar."
Jeremy Hunt - I Had a Cannabis Lassi. Mr Hunt has said "I think I had a cannabis lassi when I went backpacking through India."
Dominic Raab - I Tried Cannabis. Former Brexit Secretary Mr Raab admitted: “At university, I tried cannabis, not very often as I was into sport. "It was a mistake, particularly the more I know now about the link between it and mental health issues. "But it was a long time ago and was particularly few and far between and I have never taken cocaine or any class A drugs."
Andrea Leadsom - I Did Weed at University. Contender for leadership told The Sun on Sunday yesterday: “I smoked weed at university and have never smoked it since. "Everyone is entitled to a private life before becoming an MP. "I have never taken cocaine or Class A drugs."
Rory Stewart - I Did Opium at an Iranian Wedding. International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, who smoked opium more than 15 years ago, says it was a “very stupid mistake”. “I was invited into the house, the opium pipe was passed around at a wedding. I thought – this is going be a very strange afternoon to walk – but it may be that the family was so poor they put very little opium in the pipe. "I made a stupid mistake - I was at a wedding in a large community meeting and somebody passed round this pipe and I smoked it. "I shouldn't have done it, it was wrong."
Matt Hancock - I Tried Cannabis When I Was Young. Mr Hancock, the Health Secretary 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 said he had "smoked cannabis a few times as a student but had not taken any illicit drugs since."
Not since they were students etc?
Evidence of cocaine use has been found inside toilets at the Houses of Parliament, including some just yards from MPs' offices. Traces of the class A drug were found in nine toilets throughout the Palace Of Westminster, the meeting place of the UK's political elite.
As Parliament’s toilets are cleaned regularly, the white powder must have been snorted in the past few hours, according to reporters from The Sun, who did the testing. Users would have to smuggle the drug past extensive security checks and 500 police officers and guards.
In 2005 a German television station found traces of cocaine in 41 of 46 lavatories tested at the European Parliament in Brussels.
I'd like to believe them...