The book containing debauched revelations about David Cameron’s life as a student will now be published to clash with the Conservative party conference – a week earlier than planned.
It signals a deepening of the feud between the Prime Minister and the former deputy chairman of the Tory party Lord Ashcroft, who co-authored the unauthorised biography Call Me Dave with journalist Isabel Oakeshott.
The book generated international headlines last week with claims that Mr Cameron smoked cannabis at university, allowed cocaine at parties he hosted at his London home and alleged that he knew about Lord Ashcroft’s controversial non-dom status a year before he has previously said he did.
But the most bizarre allegation made by in the book was a contemporary of Mr Cameron at Oxford University who also went onto become an MP who claimed he put “a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth.
Mr Cameron publicly denied the allegation for the first time on Sunday, hitting back at Lord Ashcroft by suggesting he had used the book to exact revenge on him after he failed to offer the former Tory donor a senior job in the Coalition Government in 2010.
Asked directly about the dead pig allegation by a journalist during a flight to New York on Sunday, Mr Cameron said: “I can see why the book was written and I think everyone can see straight through it.
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
In July 2015 David Cameron referred to refugees coming into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa as a “swarm”. He was criticised for using the language, which critics said was dehumanising
3/8 Child tax credits
In April 2015 David Cameron was asked whether he’d cut child tax credits. “No, I don’t want to do that,” he said, saying that he rejected reports that he would. Shortly after the election the Government unveiled cuts to child tax credits
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
“As for the specific issue raised, a very specific denial was made a week ago and I've nothing to add to that.”
By bringing forward the publication date, it will be seen as Lord Ashcroft declaring war on the Conservative leader as he attempts to maximise the embarrassment on him at a time when he will be hoping to generate positive headlines from the Conservative party conference in Manchester.Reuse content