The former Leader of the Commons told The Independent she once smoked the illegal drug while at university. The 56-year-old said she had never taken cocaine or any other class A drug but confessed to smoking weed while at Warwick University, where she studied political science during the 1980s. She said: “I have never taken cocaine or Class A drugs.
“Everyone is entitled to a private life before becoming an MP. I smoked weed at university and have never smoked it again since.”
The politician’s confession comes at the end of a week full of revelations surrounding the drug usage of the Tory party leadership race contenders.
Environment Secretary Mr Gove confessed that he took cocaine in his younger years.
He told the Daily Mail: “I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago.
“At the time I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and think ‘I wish I hadn’t done that’.”
In 2007 Boris Johnson, still the favourite to win the race, told GQ Magazine he had tried cocaine and cannabis as a teenager at Oxford University.
He later revised the story during an appearance on BBC show Have I Got News For You.
The former Foreign Secretary said: “I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed and so it did not go up my nose. In fact, I may have been doing icing sugar.”
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart provided a frank apology earlier this week after admitting to smoking opium at a wedding in Iran 15 years ago.
The multi-linguist found himself at the event while walking across large parts of the Middle East in the early 2000s.
He told Sky News: “I’ve seen it as a prisons minister. It was something that was very wrong, I made a stupid mistake.”
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said he might have tried cannabis once as a young man.
Mr Hunt said he tried a “cannabis lassi” while backpacking through India in an interview with The Times.
Mr Johnson still remains the front-runner in the Conservative Party leadership bid with odds of 6/4 he will replace Theresa May as Prime Minister.
She officially stood down on Friday.