David Cameron has denied the lurid claim by Lord Ashcroft

September 28, 2015 1:22 pm

 

Cameron has denied the lurid claims. Photo / Getty Images

has said lurid allegations about his university days
are untrue as he criticised the former Conservative donor behind them.
The
Prime Minister rejected a claim made by Lord Ashcroft in a biography
that he had “inserted a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s
mouth at an initiation ceremony for the Piers Gaveston Society while at
Oxford University.
Mr Cameron said that he stood by a denial made
by close friends in recent days who said the claim was “nonsense” and
“completely untrue”.
The Prime Minister also suggested that Lord Ashcroft, who
co-wrote the book after not being given a ministerial position by Mr
Cameron, was driven by revenge.
Asked about the biography and the
specific allegation concerning the pig, Mr Cameron said: “I think
everybody, everyone can see why the book was written and I think
everyone can see straight through it. As for the specific issue raised,
you know a very specific denial was made a week ago, and I’ve nothing to
add to that.”
When the allegation surfaced last week, Downing
Street said they would not “dignify” the claims with a response.
However, close friends of the Prime Minister went further, saying the
claims had been “nonsense” and “completely untrue”.
Mr Cameron’s
comments are his most detailed response to the book to date. He has
previously suggested Lord Ashcroft has stabbed him in the back.
Lord
Ashcroft has admitted he has “beef” with Mr Cameron after being
overlooked for a senior role despite giving millions of pounds to the
Conservatives. The peer has claimed Mr Cameron reneged on a promise that
he would get a top job should the Conservatives win the election, with
reports suggesting he had expected to be made defence secretary.
Conservative
whips have reportedly begun an investigation into the unnamed Tory MP
who was at Oxford with Mr Cameron and said to be behind the claims.
Mark
Field, the Tory MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, issued a
strenuous denial he was behind the story after accusations made by
senior figures appeared in the Sunday newspapers.
“I regard any
insinuation that I have done this as defamatory. I categorically deny
it. I didn’t even know Cameron at university. I was never in the Piers
Gaveston club,” Mr Field said.

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