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Cameron rubbishes piggate claims, says he is 'too busy' to sue

David Kearns

Published 28/09/2015 | 12:31

UK Prime Minister David Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron has hit out at allegations he carried out an obscene act with a dead pig’s head while at university.

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The UK Prime Minister has for the first time publicly denied the claims made in a biography written by the former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft.

Mr Cameron said people would “see straight through” the motives behind the book which contains a series of damaging allegations including stories about him smoking cannabis at Oxford University and cocaine allegedly being in circulation at a party hosted by Mr Cameron. 

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Asked directly about the specific allegation that he put a private part of his anatomy in a dead pig’s mouth at an event of the Piers Gaveston Society, Mr Cameron told Sky News: “I can see why the book was written and I think everyone can see straight through it.

“As for the specific issue raised, a very specific denial was made a week ago and I’ve nothing to add to that.” 

Adding, he was “too busy running the country” to consider legal action.

“If you do a job like this you do get people who have agendas and write books and write articles and write all sorts of things, but the most important thing is … doing the job.”

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Lord Ashcroft – who gave the Conservatives £8 million while the party was in opposition – said he decided to write the book when Mr Cameron failed to reward him with a sufficiently senior job in government when he came to power in 2010.  

The book, co-written with the journalist Isabel Oakeshott and serialised in the Daily Mail, has made international headlines with its allegations about Cameron’s lifestyle while a student at Oxford University.

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