David Cameron will not “dignify” allegations that he once “inserted a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth with a response, Downing Street has said.
Extracts from the 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.”
She added that the author “has set out his reasons for writing it,” suggesting the Prime Minister views the book as an act of revenge for his refusal to offer Lord Ashcroft a top job when he entered Downing Street in 2010.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, also refused to comment on the extraordinary claims, published in a new biography of the Prime Minister by the former Conservative deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft and journalist Isabel Oakeshott, Call Me Dave.