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Boris Johnson’s Weed Hypocrisy & A Full List of the UK Political Elite who’ve Admitted Inhaling

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been quick to bash the Mayor of London over his suggestion that an independent panel be appointed to assess cannabis reform. Within 24 hours of Sadiq Khan’s announcement on 6 April 2021 that legalization was part of his campaign to be re-elected London mayor next month, he got a sharp rebuke from Downing Street.

 

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Boris Johnson’s hardline stance is clear evidence that hypocrisy is a gateway drug to politics.  

It’s up there with former US president Bill Clinton’s “I puffed but never inhaled” bullshit.  Boris Johnson and former PM David Cameron have both admitted to smoking weed, as has Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

 

Boris Johnson: How can a guy who looks like such a stoner be anti-cannabis reform

 

Just in case anyone was wondering who else in the British political establishment has indulged in adult-use cannabis, here’s a list of those who’ve admitted to having done so, despite its illegality.   

 

This list is courtesy Wikipedia.

 

Prominent UK political figures who have admitted to the use of recreational cannabis

Name Lifetime Notable positions held Party Ref.
Peter Ainsworth b. 1956 Shadow Secretary of State Conservative [12]
Hazel Blears b. 1956 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Labour [13]
Andy Burnham b. 1970 Secretary of State for Health
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Labour [13]
David Cameron b. 1966 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010–2016
Leader of the Opposition from 2005–2010
Leader of the Conservative Party from 2005–2016
Conservative [14]
Charles Clarke b. 1950 Home Secretary Labour [15]
James Cleverly b. 1969 Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Conservative [16]
Vernon Coaker b. 1953 Minister of State for Schools Labour [13]
Yvette Cooper b. 1969 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee
Labour [17]
Bruce Crawford b. 1955 Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy SNP [18]
Alistair Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish b. 1953 Chancellor of the Exchequer Labour [13]
Ruth Davidson b. 1978 Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Conservative [19]
Fergus Ewing b. 1957 Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity SNP [18]
Caroline Flint b. 1961 Minister of State for Europe Labour [13]
Thomas Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde b. 1960 Leader of the House of Lords
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Conservative [12]
Matt Hancock b. 1978 Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Conservative [20]
Harriet Harman b. 1950 Leader of the House of Commons Labour [13]
Patricia Hewitt b. 1948 Secretary of State for Health
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Labour [21]
Jeremy Hunt b. 1966 Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Conservative [20]
John Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness b. 1955 Secretary of State for Defence Labour [13]
Fiona Hyslop b. 1964 Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
SNP [18]
Bernard Jenkin b. 1959 Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Conservative [12]
Boris Johnson b. 1964 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2019–present
Foreign Secretary from 2016–2018
Mayor of London from 2008–2016
Conservative [22]
Jon Owen Jones b. 1954 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Welsh Office Labour [23]
Ruth Kelly b. 1968 Secretary of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Secretary of State for Education and Skills
Labour [13]
Liz Kendall b. 1971 Shadow Minister for Care and Older People Labour [24]
Stephen Kinnock b. 1970 Member of Parliament Labour [25]
Susan Kramer, Baroness Kramer b. 1950 Minister of State for Transport Liberal Democrat [26]
Norman Lamont, Baron Lamont of Lerwick b. 1942 Chancellor of the Exchequer Conservative [27]
Andrea Leadsom b. 1963 Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Conservative [28]
Oliver Letwin b. 1956 Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Shadow Home Secretary
Conservative [12]
Tricia Marwick b. 1953 Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament SNP [18]
Francis Maude, Baron Maude of Horsham b. 1953 Minister for the Cabinet Office
Minister of State for Trade and Investment
Conservative [12]
Stewart Maxwell b. 1963 Minister for Communities and Sport SNP [18]
Tony McNulty b. 1958 Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform Labour [13]
Esther McVey b. 1967 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Conservative [20]
Mo Mowlam 1949–2005 Leader of the House of Lords
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Labour [26]
Archie Norman b. 1954 Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions Conservative [12]
Dominic Raab b. 1974 First Secretary of State
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Conservative [29]
Shona Robison b. 1966 Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport SNP [18]
Jacqui Smith b. 1962 Home Secretary Labour [13]
Nicola Sturgeon b. 1970 First Minister of Scotland SNP [18]
Jo Swinson b. 1980 Leader of the Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrat [30]
Matthew Taylor, Baron Taylor of Goss Moor b. 1963 Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesman Liberal Democrat [26]
Chuka Umunna b. 1978 Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Liberal Democrat [31]
David Willetts, Baron Willetts b. 1956 Minister of State for Universities and Science Conservative [12]
Leanne Wood b. 1971 Member of the National Assembly for Wales Plaid Cymru [32]
Tim Yeo b. 1945 Shadow Secretary of State Conservative [12]

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