Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart risks being banned from entering the United States after admitting that he had smoked opium at a wedding party in Iran, the Telegraph can disclose.
Leading lawyers warned that Mr Stewart’s confession, in an interview with the Telegraph, raises serious issues about his admissibility into the country.
Mr Stewart appears to have fallen foul of section 212 of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.
A key clause says that aliens who admit to having committed offences involving illegal drugs – which include opium – are classed as ineligible for visas and admission to the US.
Mr Stewart has since apologised for his indiscretion during a trek across Iran, describing it as a “stupid mistake”.