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Cabinet Minister Michael Gove is facing criticism over racist, sexist and homophobic language he used in speeches 30 years ago.
Recordings of Mr Gove taking part in university debates in his 20s were obtained by the Independent newspaper.
He used a racial slur to refer to black people and made derogatory comments about gay people.
A source close to Mr Gove said the comments had been made in jest and did not reflect his own views.
In 1987, Mr Gove then president-elect of Oxford University’s debating society took part in an inter-university debating competition in Cambridge.