Young Tories' silence over controversial Hagueathon drinking marathon event

Darlington and Stockton Times: DRINKING CHALLENGE: William Hague, who revealed he used to drink up to 14 pints of beer a day. DRINKING CHALLENGE: William Hague, who revealed he used to drink up to 14 pints of beer a day.

YOUNG Conservatives have refused to answer whether a controversial social event, in which members attempt to replicate William Hague’s claim of drinking 14 pints of beer in a day, passed off smoothly.

Before the drinking marathon, the University of York Conservative and Unionist Association was branded “totally irresponsible” for organising the event, which followed three young people drowning in the city's rivers at the end of nights out this year.

The mother of Megan Roberts, who drowned in the River Ouse in January, said she had felt quite frustrated by the event.

Jackie Roberts said: "Having just lost my daughter, I find it quite upsetting. I feel it's insensitive."

City of York councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing said: "As taxpayer-aware political activists, these students should pay a visit to A&E and see how much this kind of fun is costing the taxpayer every week. "

The Hagueathon, named after the Richmond MP, challenges students to drink 14 pints of beer or cider, or ten large glasses of wine in 12 hours, but organisers said it was not compulsory.

While Conservative leader in 2000, Mr Hague admitted drinking up to 14 pints of beer a day as a teenager.

A York Tories spokesman said: “If successful, as well as glory, riches and a place in York Tories' history, at midnight you'll be presented with a gold(ish) medal at the top of Clifford's Tower to mark your efforts.”

After the event, one of its organisers declined to say how many people attended or if anyone had been ill.

A spokesman for Mr Hague said: “It seems to have entered the lexicon as a tongue-in-cheek expression, which we expect and hope is the way it is being used in this context.”

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6:04pm Mon 5 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

1. The Young Conservatives no longer exist as an organisation
2. It is hardly the fault of those on this event that someone else fell into a river some months ago due to their own intoxication. Are we to ban all pub crawls as a result of unrelated misfortune?
3. Such student antics have gone on for years and have, in the main, passed without incident.
4. If none of the students had to be admitted to A&E then it will not have cost the taxpayer anything - though it will have contributed to the coffers of the state.
5. I always thought York was a 'bit of a soft' university - they should try the Ottley Run or the Lumley Run.
1. The Young Conservatives no longer exist as an organisation 2. It is hardly the fault of those on this event that someone else fell into a river some months ago due to their own intoxication. Are we to ban all pub crawls as a result of unrelated misfortune? 3. Such student antics have gone on for years and have, in the main, passed without incident. 4. If none of the students had to be admitted to A&E then it will not have cost the taxpayer anything - though it will have contributed to the coffers of the state. 5. I always thought York was a 'bit of a soft' university - they should try the Ottley Run or the Lumley Run. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 7

6:20pm Mon 5 May 14

behonest says...

14 pints of beer in 12 hours? That's barely over one pint an hour.

I'm not surprised they are not commenting on this event - it's hardly a challenge! I hope they enjoyed their day though.

As for the pathetic attempt by the fun police to try and score political points over this - disgusting politicians. City of York councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing should speak to the treasury and see how many billions of pounds more in tax from alcohol comes in to the taxpayer, than it costs the taxpayer.
14 pints of beer in 12 hours? That's barely over one pint an hour. I'm not surprised they are not commenting on this event - it's hardly a challenge! I hope they enjoyed their day though. As for the pathetic attempt by the fun police to try and score political points over this - disgusting politicians. City of York councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing should speak to the treasury and see how many billions of pounds more in tax from alcohol comes in to the taxpayer, than it costs the taxpayer. behonest
  • Score: 8

7:38pm Mon 5 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Quite correct - behonest - glad to see sense prevails.
time for the namby pamby state to stop meddling - what next - all rivers to be enclosed incase of stupid people.
Quite correct - behonest - glad to see sense prevails. time for the namby pamby state to stop meddling - what next - all rivers to be enclosed incase of stupid people. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 9

10:44pm Mon 5 May 14

PeteRoss says...

This is completely irrelevant, if anything organisation at drinking events ensures protection for those taking part and prevents horrible incidents like those that have happened recently. If you are going to have a dig at the Tories (there's ample reason to), try and do it with a bit of sense and logic. Many university societies have worse drinking reputations than the political ones, its a credit to the York Tories that they don't know A&E very well, other societies are represented there every other week.
This is completely irrelevant, if anything organisation at drinking events ensures protection for those taking part and prevents horrible incidents like those that have happened recently. If you are going to have a dig at the Tories (there's ample reason to), try and do it with a bit of sense and logic. Many university societies have worse drinking reputations than the political ones, its a credit to the York Tories that they don't know A&E very well, other societies are represented there every other week. PeteRoss
  • Score: 4

8:51am Tue 6 May 14

reasoned view says...

I bet there are more regular visitors to A and E than students. So they have a good drink and enjoy it. So what. Probably will mature into decent hard working people. Just hope they dont become moaning, self serving, interfering busybody councillors
I bet there are more regular visitors to A and E than students. So they have a good drink and enjoy it. So what. Probably will mature into decent hard working people. Just hope they dont become moaning, self serving, interfering busybody councillors reasoned view
  • Score: 3

5:01pm Thu 8 May 14

snudge says...

Typical reaction from a bigoted labour councilor. Come on scotland vote for independance and we wont have a chance of a labour government again and goggle eyes miliband wont be prime minister. ENGLAND Wales and northern Ireland will be better off not having to subsidise the greedy lazy sweaty socks
Typical reaction from a bigoted labour councilor. Come on scotland vote for independance and we wont have a chance of a labour government again and goggle eyes miliband wont be prime minister. ENGLAND Wales and northern Ireland will be better off not having to subsidise the greedy lazy sweaty socks snudge
  • Score: 0

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