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Wednesday 22 August 2018

UK Chancellor's links to drug taking, dominatrix

British chancellor George Osborne has been caught up in claims he took drugs in the company of a dominatrix.

It's also been alleged that the story was favourably covered by the News of the World -- whose editor was a friend and then became the UK governmen's press secretary.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson became Conservative Party press chief soon after the newspaper gave Mr Osborne an easy ride on the story story linking him to the dominatrix and drug-taking.

The chancellor is Britain's equivalent of Finance Minister.

It's been revealed that Natalie Rowe, who once ran the Black Beauties escort agency offering prostitutes for £350 per hour, was targeted by the NOTW's private detective Glenn Mulcaire about Mr Osborne's friendship with the former vice madam.

A lawyer for Ms Rowe, who is suing Rupert Murdoch's News International for damages over Mr Mulcaire's activities, said the treatment of her story by Mr Coulson, the then editor of the NOTW, may have had an effect on his subsequent recruitment to the Conservative Party, with Mr Osborne's active encouragement.

Lawyer Mark Lewis said Mr Coulson had authorised the publication of an editorial putting a positive spin on the 2005 story about Mr Osborne, which claimed he had attended parties where cocaine was widely used.

Osborne who was photographed with his arm around Ms Rowe in front of what was reported to be a line of cocaine, strongly refuted suggestions that he took drugs.

A spokesman for Mr Osborne said: "These are old allegations that were widely reported and denied years ago. There is nothing new."

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