The Conservative MP Louise Mensch has said she probably took drugs with violinist Nigel Kennedy and danced with him while drunk at a nightclub when she worked at EMI.

Mensch, who sits on the Commons culture committee and recently questioned News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch about phone-hacking at the News of the World, was responding to allegations put to her by investigative journalists. The MP said in a statement: 'Although I do not remember the specific incident, this sounds highly probable... since I was in my twenties, I'm sure it was not the only incident of the kind; we all do idiotic things when young.'

Kennedy said: 'I am a socialist myself but do remember having some great times with my beautiful and very clever right-wing friend when she was at EMI. Louise is pretty scary and I would warn anyone that it's not a good idea to mess with her.'