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The sad death of St. Stephen’s Club

8 August 2012

10:00 AM

8 August 2012

10:00 AM

Word reaches me that the St. Stephen’s Club in Westminster is set to close at the end of the year due to falling membership and lack of revenue. This fine old Tory Club was formed by Benjamin Disraeli in 1870 and was originally housed where Portcullis House now stands, before moving to its current location on Queen Anne Gate.  I hear that the management committee reluctantly decided to call time last week.

The bad news comes as the Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in its current home (being opened by then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1962). The club shot to fame in 2010 as the favoured location for David Cameron’s press conferences during the coalition negotiations. It was from a podium in the dining room that young Dave made his ‘big, open and comprehensive offer’ to Nick Clegg.

Unlike the government, Mr Steerpike hears it is not too late for a white knight to ride to the club’s rescue.

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  • http://twitter.com/DiwashUnrated Diwash Tamang

    sad to hear its closing date….my friend’s been working there for few good years

  • dalai guevara

    Why not ask Sir Chris Hoy for some of his UK Sports funding pot? I am sure he will happily oblige once offered life-time membership.

  • Malfleur

    Would UKIP perhaps be interested in taking it over?

  • John

    Will anyone else notice?

  • ScaryBiscuits

    Just another think we have to thank Cameron for. His war on the membership is really reaping dividends. Labour will be delighted.

    • Mike Barnes

      We are, thanks.

  • PMull

    “It was from a podium in the dining room that young Dave made his ‘big, open and comprehensive offer’ to Nick Clegg.”
    In that case, it could try and market its reputation as some Parliamentary Chamber of Horrors

  • Whitestones

    I’m not surprised. There are very few real Tories in the Conservative party these days.

  • Derp

    Its also where Liam Fox made his speech on the EU recently and several Westminster think tanks and organistions like Conservative Way Forward often hold events there. An absolute shame if it will have to close – I’m proud to say I met Lady Thatcher there.

  • Balls of Fire

    Never mind, it would make a wonderful hostel for the homeless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.colson Jack Colson

    Thankfully London still has the Carlton Club.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.colson Jack Colson

    Thankfully London still has the Carlton Club.

  • HerbertProperSenior

    Has Mario Draghi been approached fro a bail out ?

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