Boris Johnson admits again to using cocaine calling it a ‘single inconclusive event’ 30 years ago – The SunJune 14, 2019
BORIS Johnson has broken his silence over his previous drug use to confirm he took cocaine as a teenager.
The Tory leadership frontrunner had dodged questions on the issue during his campaign despite having previously admitted trying the drug once as a student.
In his first broadcast interview of the leadership contest, he described the incident as "a single inconclusive event that took place when I was a teenager and which I have extensively described".
Asked on BBC Radio 4's World at One if he had used the drug since then, he said: "No."
The would-be PM confessed to having used cocaine when he was 19 during an interview with GQ magazine in 2007.
He said the substance "achieved no pharmacological, psychotropical or any other effect on me whatsoever".
At his official campaign launch earlier this week the ex-foreign secretary would only say his comments on whether he took cocaine or not have "appeared many times" already.
He added: "What many people in this country really want us to focus on is what we can do for them and what our plans are for this great country."
The questions come after leadership rival Michael Gove last week admitted using cocaine as a young journalist.
He said he deeply regretted it and was lucky not to go to jail as he begged his colleagues for forgiveness.
BORIS CONFIRMS HE WILL TAKE PART IN TV DEBATE
Boris, who comfortably beat his leadership rivals in the first round of the Tory leadership contest earlier this week, today confirmed he will take on his remaining rivals in a live TV debate.
Tuesday's debate will take place just two hours after the second ballot, which will involve six candidates.
All the contenders who make it through the second round by picking up at least 33 votes will be invited to join the BBC debate.
They are likely to include Mr Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and one or two out of Dominic Raab, Rory Stewart and Sajid Javid.
Matt Hancock today withdrew from the race and will not take part in any TV debates.
Last night all the remaining candidates signed a joint statement pledging to join Sunday's Channel 4 debate and calling on Boris to take part too.
Mr Johnson is set to be represented by an empty podium at the first clash if he continues his boycott.
The runaway favourite has been accused of dodging scrutiny over the course of the campaign – he has done just one newspaper interview and no TV or radio appearances.
Timetable of Tory leadership election which will pick new PM
June 7: Theresa May stood down as party leader but will continue as PM until her successor is elected
June 10: Nominations for the leadership closed with ten candidates entering the race
June 13: First ballot of MPs; three candidates (Leadsom, Harper and McVey) eliminated
June 14: Matt Hancock drops out
June 16: All candidates invited to take part in live debate on Channel 4, starting at 6.30pm
June 18: Second ballot, open 3pm-5pm; any candidate with fewer than 33 votes eliminated – all remaining candidates invited to take part in live debate on BBC One, starting at 8pm
June 19: Third ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated
June 20: Fourth ballot (if needed), open 10am-12pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated – any further ballots needed will also take place on this day
June 22: Final two candidates take part in first members' hustings, set to take place in Birmingham
July 8: Tory bosses send out postal votes to all party activists
July 22: Result announced this week, in time for Commons recess to begin
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