A local Conservative party group has cancelled a planned “pig race” fundraising event after allegations emerged about David Cameron’s experiences with the animals while he was at university.
Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton Conservative Association in West Yorkshire had planned to charge people to attend the race at a local pub.
But on the day the Daily Mail newspaper printed allegations that David Cameron inserted his private parts into a dead pig's head at university, the association abruptly cancelled the event.
Downing Street has declined to comment on the allegations regarding Mr Cameron, which were originally recounted in a book by former Conservative treasurer Lord Ashcroft in which it was also said the allegations could be a case of mistaken identity.
The race, advertised on the group’s website and Facebook, promised an “exciting and unpredictable evening” for those attending.
“Pulled Pork sandwiches will be served on the evening. Please let us know if you require a vegetarian option,” the group said in its invitation. Tickets for the event would have cost £7.50.
David Cameron's biggest controversies
David Cameron's biggest controversies
A book released by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft alleged that an MP and Oxford contemporary of David Cameron had allegedly seen a photograph of Mr Cameron performing a sex act on a pig while at university. Downing Street did not comment on the allegations and the peer said they could have been a case of mistaken identity
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2/8 ‘Swarm’ of migrants
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3/8 Child tax credits
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4/8 Cycling to work
As leader of the opposition David Cameron was regularly photographed cycling to work. In early 2006 he was photographed cycling but with a driver in a car carrying his belongings. It was suggested at the time the cycling was just for show and that having two vehicles on the road instead of one was wasteful
5/8 Andy Coulson
David Cameron employed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as government communications director from 2010. After stepping down from the post due to coverage of the phone hacking affairs, Mr Coulson was later found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. He served a short prison sentence
6/8 His personal windmill
Early in his leadership of the Conservative David Cameron made an effort to change the party’s image by making eco-friendly gesures. As one of these gestures, the future PM put a wind turbine on his house. However, the turbine later had to be removed after neighbours condemned it as an eyesore and the council’s planning committee said it had been put in the wrong place
7/8 Funeral selfie
David Cameron was pictured posing for a ‘selfie’ with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Some in the press criticised the prime minister for showing in an inappropriately low level of respect for the gravity of the occasion
8/8 Eating a hotdog with a knife and fork
The Prime Minister was pictured eating a hotdog with a knife and fork in the run up to the 2015 general election. He was accused of being “posh”. “I had a very privileged upbringing... I've never tried to hide that,” he said
An advert for the event had been displayed on the group’s website since 8 September 2015.
A person in charge of the Conservative association’s Facebook account marked the event as “cancelled” on the social network shortly after the news broke, however.
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