Claims made by Lord Ashcroft suggest David Cameron was a member of the Piers Gaveston society while at university. But what is the club and what is it thought being a member involves?
The peer claims the Prime Minister took part in a bizarre initiation ritual for the club which involved him inserting “a private part of his anatomy” in the mouth of a dead pig.
However, friends of the Prime Minister have insisted he was never a member of the Oxford society which was founded in 1977.
It was supposedly named after the alleged lover of King Edward II and is known for its gourmet feasts.
Believed to be highly exclusive, the society is made up of 12 male undergraduates, and carries the motto: “Fane non memini ne audisse unum alterum ita dilixisse.”
Roughly translated, this means: “Truly, none remember hearing of a man enjoying another so much.”
The Independent reports the club is said to host wild parties which in the past have involved mass drug-taking and live sex shows.
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, he was brought up at the court of Edward I as foster brother and playmate for his son Edward, the future king.
In early 1307 he was banished from England by the king, but returned after the death of Edward I a few months later, becoming the chief adviser of Edward II.
Piers Gaveston, the First Earl of Cornwall, died in 1312 at the hands of jealous barons.
Twitter had a field day as the revelation emerged, with contributors dubbing the episode pig-gate.
Dewsbury County Conservative Association said a scheduled pig racing fundraiser would go ahead next month, hours after the event appeared to have been cancelled on Facebook.