Thursday 18 January 2018

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

UK Prime Minister David Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron

David Kearns

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

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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