SAJID JAVID has lashed out at the misery caused by middle-class drug users in a thinly disguised attack on his leadership rivals.
The home secretary, who claims never to have smoked anything stronger than a cigarette, spoke out after eight out of his ten rivals admitted taking illegal drugs.
‘There are people who have their organic food, they boast about buying fair trade and they talk about climate change,’ he told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday. ‘And at the same time — come Friday or Saturday night — they are all doing Class A drugs.
‘They should be thinking about the horrific abuse I’ve seen as home secretary of young children being trafficked into this trade.’
Mr Javid, 49, also described being the target of racist slurs and attacks by National Front skinheads as a child in Rochdale, and how he was advised by his school to be a TV repairman.
‘I was told I could only study two A-levels when you needed three to go to university so I had to change schools and go to a local college,’ he said. ‘So these are struggles I don’t want other people to have to go through. I want to level the playing field.’
Mr Javid has added the support of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson to the 17 Tory MPs who are so far publicly backing him.
He will today call on his party to tackle ‘hate and nationalism’ with more integration in schools, in a book of essays with leadership rivals Dominic Raab and Matt Hancock.
Health secretary Mr Hancock argues the UK stands ‘on the cusp of a technological revolution set to deliver unprecedented opportunities and advances’.
Former Brexit secretary Mr Raab states the Tories must have a pro-enterprise message, supporting ‘buccaneering free traders’, around the world and taking on vested interests at home.