A power company has denied it gave David Cameron, pictured, “preferential treatment” when engineers were diverted to his home during the Christmas storms.

It was reported yesterday that two Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution engineers said they were carrying out emergency repairs in the village of Kirtlington when they were called to Dean, the West Oxfordshire village where the Prime Minister lives, to filp the trip-switch on his fuse box.

A spokeswoman for SSE said: “The Prime Minister did not receive any preferential treatment when we attended his property and this visit was not to the detriment of any other customers who may have been without power.”

And No10 spokesman said: “The power went down because there was a leaky roof. There was water around the fuse box. The engineers came to fix it, which they did.”

A total of 6,000 homes in Oxfordshire suffered power cuts over the Christmas period.