Former Conservative party treasurer makes claims of drug taking and debauched behaviour in prime minister’s student days
SOCIAL MEDIA has reacted feverishly to lurid claims by former Conservative party treasurer and respected pollster Lord Ashcroft regarding Prime Minister David Cameron.
The sensational claims made by the former Tory donor include that Cameron was a member of a cannabis smoking club while at university, that cocaine was later circulated openly at his London home and that Cameron inserted “a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth as part of an initiation ritual into an elite dining club while a student.
The claims are made in a serialisation for the Daily Mail of a forthcoming book by Ashcroft ‘Call me Dave’. The book will explore the soured relationship between the Tory peer, who has been a major figure in the Conservative Party since 1998 when he became party treasurer, and Cameron, who became prime minister in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015.
The claims that Cameron engaged in the pig ritual were allegedly made to Ashcroft by an MP who was a contemporary of Cameron’s at Oxford. The MP also claimed that photographic evidence was held by another member of the dining club, but this evidence has so far failed to materialise.
Claims that cocaine was present at a dinner party at Cameron’s residence in London originate from a dinner guest who claims he did not witness either Cameron or his wife Samantha Cameron take the class A drug.
A spokesperson for the prime minister told the Independent newspaper : “It’s a no comment from us. On any of it.” The subsequent social media storm over the allegations has focused mainly on the alleged pig incident:
7 photos of MPs in the vicinity of pigs #piggate http://t.co/Tjl7drvkjh pic.twitter.com/3JdgbTlVVg
— HuffPostUK Politics (@HuffPostUKPol) September 21, 2015
” @The45Storm : This is for tweeps who wake up tomorrow and wonder WTF #PigGate is http://t.co/piYWqYk3pO ” pic.twitter.com/WJ095uVXwt
— ScotsVsAusterity (@ScotIndyDebate) September 21, 2015
— alison neil (@alighirl77) September 21, 2015
A question from Miss Peppa Pig is bound to be asked at the next #PMQs #piggate
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) September 21, 2015
Good Morning Tweeters ….. Just because a story is in a Newspaper , doesn’t mean we can repeat it. So far that’s the legal advice.
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) September 21, 2015
Ashcroft and Cameron’s relationship broke down after the Conservatives formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats in 2010. Ashcroft alleges that he had been offered an important position within the government before the election, but that Cameron failed to deliver on this promise.
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