Michael Gove’s cocaine confession will hurt his PM hopes and will shake shires – The Sun

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Michael Gove’s cocaine confession will hurt his PM hopes and will shake shires – The Sun



MICHAEL Gove’s surprising confession that he has snorted cocaine will inevitably knock his chances of becoming the next Prime Minister.
Despite his protestations that it was a long time ago and he regrets his actions, coke is an illegal Class A drug.
4 Michael Gove is one of the top contenders in the Tory leadership raceCredit: PA:Press Association
Although the Conservative Party talks tough on law and order, three more Tory leadership contenders came out yesterday to admit having taken drugs in the past.
Dominic Raab, Matt Hancock and Andrea Leadsom all said they smoked cannabis while at university.
And they are not the only ones.
Boris Johnson has confessed to sneezing when offered cocaine.
And Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had a cannabis “milkshake” while backpacking in India in his youth.
Lib Dem and Green MPs too have admitted to taking drugs in the past. But what will be the consequences for Gove’s leadership campaign?
Many in the Westminster bubble and the metropolitan elite are praising the Environment Secretary for his candour.So he is unlikely to see his support drain away in London.
But drug-taking often fuels the notorious “county lines” crime which has become the scourge of rural communities up and down the country.
And the final say in this leadership contest will go to the older, more traditional rank-and-file party members out in the shires. They will not be so forgiving.
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Michael Gove admits taking cocaine as would-be PM reveals ‘deep regret’ over drug past
Help home our heroes
THE sight of British war veterans living rough on Britain’s streets is a national disgrace.
So it defies belief that there are dozens of MoD buildings lying empty that could house them.
4 Opening up vacant MoD buildings could help homeless servicemenCredit: Alamy
The heroism of our Armed Forces was rightly celebrated during last week’s moving D-Day tributes.
But many ex-servicemen and women become homeless because of the traumas they suffered while fighting in war-torn countries such as Afghanistan.
MPs are now demanding that the Government hand over disused barracks so charities can create low-cost housing.
The Sun on Sunday supports these calls.
It is the least we can do for our war heroes.
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Remarkable Markle
4 Magnificent Meghan made a quick recovery after dodging Donald TrumpCredit: Getty – Contributor
IT was delightful to see the smiling Meghan Markle at yesterday’s Trooping the Colour.
She has not appeared in public since the birth of son Archie just four weeks ago.
And she narrowly missed President Trump’s visit.
Surely just a coincidence.
Meghan Markle arrives smiling for Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in first outing since birth

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