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Michael Gove made racist jokes and called Prince Charles a 'wet, drippy adulterer'

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Recordings of Cambridge university debates from Eighties and Nineties reveal the minister making series of extraordinary off-colour comments

Michael Gove, left, and the Prince of Wales. The Liberal Democrats have called for Mr Gove to be sacked over the comments Credit: Trisan Fewings

Michael Gove made racist jokes, mocked a future minister over her sex life and called the Prince of Wales a "wet, drippy adulterer," new recordings from Cambridge Union debates have revealed.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster spoke in debates about colonialism, sex and university at the Cambridge Union between 1987 and 1993.

Recordings of the debates obtained by The Independent reveal Mr Gove making a series of extraordinary off-colour jokes, including referring to non-white people as "fuzzy wuzzies" and suggesting the European Commissioner was a paedophile.

The minister also called the Prince of Wales "a dull, wet, drippy adulterer whose romantic conversation is dominated by lavatorial detail", to cries of "shame" from the audience of students.

In 1992, Michael Gove, then 25, hosted a late-night satirical comedy programme

Mr Gove then turned to the president of the union, a student, and told him: "Putting you in charge of the Cambridge Union was rather like putting Slobodan Milosevic in Serbian high command in charge of a rape crisis centre."

One of the debates, in 1987, took place while Mr Gove was still a student himself at the University of Oxford. The other two happened in 1993, by which time he had begun a career in journalism.

In a debate entitled "This House prefers a woman on top", Mr Gove made a series of sexual jokes about Lucy Frazer, then a student and now the minister for prisons.

He said Ms Frazer had done "remarkably well" to come from "the back streets of the slums of Leeds". There is no suggestion Mr Gove and Ms Frazer were romantically involved at the time.

In another debate, he appeared to support a conspiracy theory that Sir Leon Brittan was a paedophile. The same lie was later peddled by Carl Beech, a fantasist who was later imprisoned for 18 years for perverting the course of justice and fraud.

The Liberal Democrats called for Mr Gove to be sacked over the comments.

His spokesman declined to comment.

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