David Cameron stunned by revelations of secret Tory affair
Relationship has potential to rock government
BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron was reported to be "stunned" last night following revelations of a secret affair with the potential to rock his government.
The identities of those involved cannot be revealed for legal reasons, but it is said that the relationship was between two high-profile middle-aged figures who are not serving in the cabinet.
The revelation could have political implications for Mr Cameron, who has been hit by a number of scandals recently. He was said to be "stunned" by the news, the importance of which he realised "immediately".
Mr Cameron and his aides discussed the potential implications of the affair becoming public, and the damage it could do to major political plans.
"This revelation is dynamite. None of us could believe it when we first heard it. Then we just thought, 'What a complete mess'," said a Conservative Party source.
However, a Downing Street spokesman insisted yesterday: "There have been no crisis talks or meetings."
It is believed that Mr Cameron has been told about the affair – which has also caused those involved personal distress – in recent weeks.
No current cabinet member is believed to be involved, but it is said that the affair could be as publicly shocking as that between John Major and Edwina Currie which was kept secret for almost two decades.
Twitter was relatively free of serious speculation regarding the identities of those involved, with many of the social media postings on the topic being jokes about the coalition "love affair" between Mr Cameron and Nick Clegg.
Others posted a doctored picture portraying Mr Cameron in a passionate clinch with US President Barack Obama, Larry the Downing Street cat or suggested Education Secretary Michael Gove was "in love with himself".
However, Westminster blogger Guido Fawkes reported that when he told an aide to Mr Cameron about the affair "the blood drained from his face".
The news comes as Mr Cameron faces Tory backbench revolts over the European referendum and gay marriage and rumours of a leadership challenge.
It also emerged days after Conservative MP Patrick Mercer resigned following a cash-for-questions investigation. Since then a number of senior politician have become embroiled in the growing parliamentary lobbying scandal.
The party has also been rocked by allegations of sexual assault against Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans. (© Daily Telegraph, London)