Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, made the revelation as he attacked Britain’s current drugs laws as pathetic and a “monumental failure of public policy”.
The 57-year-old, who is hoping to succeed Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader, was a care minister in the Coalition Government when he worked with many of the current Conservative ministers.
He said: “We have the crazy situation that, almost certainly, more than half of this government – half of the government ministers in a Conservative government – will have taken drugs in their younger years.
“They put it down, in a very middle-class way, to youthful indiscretion, while other fellow citizens end up criminalised and their careers blighted as a result of taking a substance that is less dangerous than substances that are entirely legal.”
Tobacco is legal yet kills about 100,000 people a year in the UK, he said, while alcohol “causes untold damage to families”.
Would like to remind people of this at PMQ’s back last year when our CHANCILLOR seemed rather what should we say.. SPACED !!!!