Gove’s cocaine shame follows Rory Stewart’s revelation that he once smoked opium at an Iranian wedding and Jeremy Hunt who said he once drank a cannabis latte.
Following Michael Gove’s cocaine admission, leadership rival Dominic Raab said: ‘I certainly don’t see it barring him from this race in any way,’ adding: ‘I rather admire his honesty.’
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who admitted smoking cannabis as a student, believes Mr Gove’s law-breaking should not rule him out of becoming Prime Minister
Mr Raab, who has previously admitted taking cannabis as a student, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: ‘It was a long time ago and pretty few and far between. I have never taken cocaine or any class A drugs.’
He said class A drugs ‘are a bit different’ but ‘I’m not going to cast any further aspersions on Michael or anyone else who is just honest about being human and doing the things that some young people do – not everyone, obviously – and holding their hand up and saying ‘I got that wrong, move on”.
Tory leadership contender Dominic Raab insisted the option of suspending Parliament to prevent MPs from trying to ‘sabotage’ Brexit should not be ruled out.
Mr Raab said the Brexit process was a ‘test of nerve’ and while it was ‘very unlikely’ that he would need to prorogue Parliament in order to ensure the UK leaves the EU on October 31, no option should be taken off the table.
The former Brexit secretary said he would go back to Brussels with a ‘best, final offer’ but if that did not work he would leave without a deal.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: ‘What we can’t have is this paralysing uncertainty, bad for the economy, bad for trust in democracy, bad for the Conservatives – as we are seeing – of just going on and on with this prolonged torture of haggling with the EU when we haven’t got a deal in sight’.
Michael Gove, pictured, has admitted snorting cocaine while working as a journalist. Despite this, Mr Gove is continuing his efforts to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party
Mr Raab said he would go back to Brussels with a ‘best, final offer’ including the removal of the Irish backstop, but said there could be no further delay and the UK would be prepared to leave without a deal, falling back on World Trade Organisation rules.
‘I think anyone who is talking about delay or who is taking WTO off the table is having the perverse effect of weakening our negotiating position in Brussels, that’s the lesson of the last three years,’ he said.
‘It’s a test of nerve here and if candidates cannot stand up their resolve to lead us out by the end of October in a leadership contest, what chance would they have under the heat of the negotiations in Brussels?’
Mr Raab said the Peterborough by-election, in which the Tories finished third, and the drubbing in the European elections, showed it was ‘devastating for the Conservatives if we don’t keep our promises on Brexit’.
He added: ‘What we can’t have is this paralysing uncertainty, bad for the economy, bad for trust in democracy, bad for the Conservatives – as we are seeing – of just going on and on with this prolonged torture of haggling with the EU when we haven’t got a deal in sight.’
Former Foreign Secretary and bookies’ favourite to replace Theresa May Boris Johnson admitted snorting cocaine and smoking cannabis more than a decade ago.
In a 2007 interview with GQ he said: ‘I tried it at university and I remember it vividly. And it achieved no pharmacological, psychotropic or any other effect on me whatsoever.’
On cannabis he said: ‘There was a period before university when I had quite a few (cannabis joints). It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger.
‘I’ve become very illiberal about it. I don’t want my kids to take drugs.’
Fellow Old Etonian David Cameron refused to be drawn on the subject of drug taking, saying in 2007: ‘Like many people, I did things when I was young that I shouldn’t have done and that I regret.
‘But I do believe that politicians are entitled to a past that remains private’.
Following Theresa May’s formal resignation as Tory leader, the starting gun has been fired for the race to replace her.
The nomination process will take place on Monday, with candidates requiring eight MPs to back them in order to enter the race, with the first round of voting on Thursday.
Rory Stewart, pictured, admitted smoking opium while attending an Iranian wedding