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Thursday 25th August 2016
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Osborne "Needs to Tell Truth" About Drug Use

A woman who ran an escort agency has phoned into LBC 97.3 to call on the Chancellor George Osborne to admit he took drugs with her.

Natalie Rowe made headlines in 2005 when she made the claims.

George Osborne has previously confirmed meeting Natalie Rowe when he was 22, claiming that she was the partner of a close friend, but he has always denied taking drugs.

Ms Rowe now claims she was a victim of phone-hacking by the News of the World, telling an Australian TV channel that police have told her she was on a list seized from private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for the News of the World.

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed with NotW royal reporter Clive Goodman in 2007 for eavesdropping on voicemail messages.

She called LBC 97.3 to tell James O'Brien she wants Mr Osborne to explain himself further on the issue of drug use.

A spokesman for the Chancellor of the Exchequer said yesterday: "These are old allegations that were widely reported and denied years ago. There is nothing new in them."

Speaking to LBC 97.3 this afternoon (September 13) the Prime Minister shrugged off the claims.

David Cameron was asked by LBC's Tom Cheal to what extent the allegations were proving a distraction to the Chancellor, the Prime Minister replied, "I saw him this morning for our meeting and I don't think I've ever seen anyone less distracted." 

The Metropolitan Police has declined to confirm whether Ms Rowe's name has come up in the Operation Weeting investigation into phone-hacking.