Ed Miliband backs Chuka Umunna over drugs confession
Monday 02 July 2012
Labour leader Ed Miliband has backed Chuka Umunna after the shadow business secretary admitted in an interview to smoking marijuana as a teenager.
Mr Miliband insisted that "everybody" was entitled to a youthful past before they entered public life, adding that 33-year-old Mr Umunna is doing a "good job".
"I think everybody is entitled to a past, and a youthful past if you like, before they go into public life," Mr Miliband told ITV's Daybreak.
"I think Chuka was asked a question and I think people are fed up with politicians not providing straight answers and he answered the question straight. I think that is fair enough.
"He is not taking drugs now, he is doing his job and he is doing a good job."
Mr Miliband's remarks come after Mr Umunna, a rising star in the Labour Party, told the Sunday Times that he had smoked marijuana when he was a teenager hoping to become a DJ. He said he briefly ran a club night in Brixton, south London.
"I've smoked soft drugs. But it's not something I'm proud of and I don't think it's news any more, to be honest," he told the newspaper.
Asked what he had smoked, he said: "Certainly nothing beyond marijuana. That industry is rife with it. That was a part of the industry I found unattractive."
The magicians using online collaboration to push boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Jennifer Lawrence: 'It should be illegal to call someone fat on TV'
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Ian Watkins: Police probed over earlier allegations as paedophile Lostprophets singer sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences
DNA from a 50,000 year old toe shows Neanderthals were highly inbred
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
UK evangelist says Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >
£35000 - £42000 per annum + excellent company benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group:...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Capita Education Resou...
£39000 - £425000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Newly Qualified ...
£30000 - £38001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: A highly respecta...