A British contestant in the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May has just made some scandalous confession.
Michael Gove, a leading contender to replace Theresa May, said he had used cocaine and has “deep regrets” about taking the drug on several occasions.
The Daily Mail on Friday quoted Gove as saying he had taken the drug at social gatherings when he was a young journalist.
“It was a mistake. I look back and I think I wish I hadn’t done that,” he said. “It was 20 years ago and yes, it was a mistake. But I don’t believe that past mistakes disqualify me.”
His confession came during a meeting with candidates arguing over the rights and wrongs of a so-called no-deal Brexit, or leaving the EU without a deal.
May stepped down as leader of the governing Conservatives on Friday, opening the race for her replacement that could see her party embrace a tougher stance on Brexit. The selection process should be completed by the end of July.
Gove said he hoped that the confession would not prevent him being appointed the next prime minister. “I think all politicians have lives before politics,” he said.