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Tory group's pig race to go ahead after lurid claims about David Cameron

Published 21/09/2015

Piggate: David Cameron 'won't dignify allegations' made in Lord Ashcroft's book. Photo: Andrew Parsons PA
Piggate: David Cameron 'won't dignify allegations' made in Lord Ashcroft's book. Photo: Andrew Parsons PA

A Tory association has reinstated a pig race fundraiser despite the lurid claims about David Cameron that have hogged the headlines.

The Dewsbury County Conservative Association cancelled the event at lunchtime on Monday and pulled the event from its Facebook page just hours after claims about the PM emerged.

However the Conservative group has now confirmed the event will go ahead and said someone 'was a bit premature' in pulling it.

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Extracts from an inflammatory book included claims that he smoked cannabis with friends, allowed cocaine in his London home and alleged that he misled the public over the non-dom status of Lord Ashcroft, a prolific Tory donor.

However the Prime Minister's spokeswoman said: “I’m not intending to dignify this book by offering any comment or any PM reaction to it."

Lord Ashcroft - who donated £8 million to the Conservatives - acknowledged in writing the book that he had a personal "beef" with the Prime Minister after his failure to offer him a significant job in his administration following the formation of the coalition government in 2010.

The most extraordinary claim is that Mr Cameron took part in an initiation ritual for the notorious Piers Gaveston club - named after the supposed lover of Edward II - which involved him inserting "a private part of his anatomy" in the mouth of a dead pig.

Lord Ashcroft said he was told about the incident by an Oxford contemporary of Mr Cameron who is now an MP and who claimed to have seen a photograph of the event.

The authors said they attempted to contact the owner of the alleged photograph but received no response.

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