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Tory leadership contest: Michael Gove 'would scrap VAT'

Michael Gove says he wants to replace VAT after Brexit if he becomes PM, as he continues to face questions about taking cocaine as a young journalist.A Times article Mr Gove wrote in 1999 - around the time he admits having taken the drug - has been republished.In it he criticised "middle class professionals" who took drugs - leading to headlines calling him a "hypocrite".Meanwhile, Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson has insisted only he can beat both Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn.And Home Secretary Sajid Javid, another of the 11 Tory MPs who have said they want to replace Theresa May, received a boost to his leadership campaign on Saturday after he was backed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.Mr Gove announced his pla ...