Politicians have reacted to sensational allegations made against David Cameron in a yet-to-be-published expose written by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft and ex Sunday Times political editor Isabelle Oakeshott.
And the claims sparked a huge viral trend across the Internet on Sunday evening.
Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch was particularly defensive of the Prime Minister.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) September 20, 2015
Let's be clear that the story is rubbish, number one. And number two if it isn't, to quote the anti-nowhere league, "So f****** what?"— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) September 20, 2015
For the opposition #PigGate presents an opportunity to make political hay.
Putting aside #snoutrage the PM should immediately clarify when he became aware of Ashcroft nondom status— Jon Trickett (@jon_trickett) September 21, 2015
So why hasn't BBCC reported Ashcroft biography? @R4Today— Helen Goodman (@HelenGoodmanMP) September 21, 2015
Have read a lot of tweets about a pig while eating my breakfast sausage and bacon— Stephen Williams (@swilliamsmp) September 21, 2015
Caroline Lucas tactfully used the scandal to make a point about Monday's Hinkley power plant investment
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron cast shade on the affair
I've never been more pleased to be a vegetarian.— Tim Farron (@timfarron) September 20, 2015
Paddy Ashdown cast a brilliant pun
Typical! David Cameron once again hogging the headlines at the Lib Dem Conference.— Paddy Ashdown (@paddyashdown) September 21, 2015
Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was quick to react
Night all! 🐷September 20, 2015
But Jeremy Corbyn completely sidestepped the saga...
We need a people’s railway - publicly owned for better & more efficient services, proper integration & fairer fares pic.twitter.com/8v906OTUXJ— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) September 21, 2015