Should taking drugs in your youth exclude you from becoming Prime Minister?

Should taking drugs in your youth exclude you from becoming Prime Minister?

Last time Mr Gove, 51, travelled to the United States was in January of 2017 to interview Donald Trump before his inauguration.

Jeremy Hunt admitted to The Times that he had a "cannabis lassi", a yogurt based drink, when he was backpacking through India as a young man.

He told the Daily Mail: 'I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago.

When asked whether he felt that this admission should affect his chances of becoming leader of the Tories, Gove said: "It was 20 years ago and yes, it was a mistake".

Some went further still, saying it demonstrates a serious double standard between black politicians lambasted for their relatives' use of drugs and how white politicians apparently suffer no penalties for admitting first-hand use.

"I don't believe that past mistakes should disqualify you", Gove said.

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

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A slew of Tories competing to take over the top job from Theresa May have admitted to taking drugs ranging from cannabis to cocaine, prompting a torrent of jibes and criticism on Twitter.

Now it seems to have been proven as the race to become the next Conservative prime minister sees an avalanche of mea culpas on past drug use. "I think all politicians have lives before politics".

The Tory leadership hopeful previously admitted taking the class A drug several times when he was a journalist. "Certainly when I was working as a journalist I didn't imagine I would go into politics or public service.The question now is that people should look at my record as a politician and ask themselves, 'Is this person we see ready to lead now?'"

Another hopeful is worldwide development secretary Rory Stewart, who once hiked across Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. Nominations for the Conservative's leader close on Monday afternoon. One of the things that I would absolutely say is it is a mistake which I profoundly regret.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is understood to have tried cannabis as a student but has not used drugs since university.

"I was at a wedding in a large community meeting and somebody passed this pipe around the room and I smoked it - I shouldn't have done, I was wrong".

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