Responding to Michael Gove’s comments on the Andrew Marr show today in which he asked his colleagues to forgive him for taking drugs in the past, former Liberal Democrat Health minister Norman Lamb said:

"Previous drug use should not exclude people from high office. What should exclude people from high office is hypocrisy.

"What the Liberal Democrats want to see the next Prime Minister do is end this hypocrisy of advocating draconian policies and instead enact reform.

"There must be a public health approach to drug use in the United Kingdom which will protect people from harm, rather than an approach which focuses on criminalising people.

"Rather than outdated drug laws, we must offer support, treatment and education to those using illegal substances."

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