11 British politicians who admitted to smoking weed

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Norman Lamont

Former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont admitted he had eaten cannabis in a so-called "space cake". He said: "I have not smoked cannabis. But I did eat a tiny bit of cannabis cake and all I can say is I enjoyed the cake but that is all."

Chuka Umanna (@chukaumanna)

“It’s not something I’m proud of and I don’t think it’s news any more, to be honest,” Mr Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary, said in a newspaper interview. Asked which drug he smoked, he said: “Certainly nothing beyond marijuana. That industry is rife with it. That was a part of the industry I found unattractive.”

Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon)

Incumbent Mayor of London, Boris Johnson: "I tried it [cocaine] at university and I remember it vividly. It achieved no pharmacological, psychotropic or any other effect on me whatsoever." He added that he had smoked "quite a few spliffs" before he went to university. He said: "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."

Francis Maude

Former Foreign Secretary, Francis Maude said: "It was hard to go through Cambridge in the 70s without doing it a few times."

David Willetts 

Former Shadow Social Security Secretary, David Willetts, said: "I had two puffs and didn't like it."

Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman)

Incumbent Deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, admitted: "I did, when I was at university, smoke cannabis once or twice." Then confessed she hasn't touched it since, "I have indulged in the odd glass of wine but not cannabis."

Jacqui Smith

Former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, said:"I have [smoked cannabis]. I did when I was at university. I think it was wrong that I smoked it when I did. I have not done for 25 years. I have never taken any other drugs."

Oliver Letwin (@OliverLetwinMP)

Former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Oliver Letwin said: "At Cambridge, I was a very pretentious student. I grew a beard and took up a pipe. On one occasion some friends put some dope in a pipe I was smoking. It had absolutely no effect on me at all. I don't inhale pipes."

Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooper)

Former Public Health Minister, Yvette Cooper, became the first minister to admit to past substance abuse whilst serving in public office; she said: "I did try cannabis while at university, like a lot of students at that time, and it is something that I have left behind."

Andy Burnham (@AndyBurnhamMP)

Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andy Burnham said he had smoked the drug when he was a student. A spokesman from the Treasury said: "The chief secretary said he had tried it one or two times at university but never since."

Alistair Darling

Former Chancellor, Alistair Darling, confessed he had smoked cannabis "occasionally in my youth".

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