Prime Minister David Cameron has hit out at allegations he carried out an obscene act with a dead pig while at university.
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.
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.”
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.