Where better to celebrate the launch of a book about Britain’s age of austerity than in the gritty surroundings of 5 Hertford Street, quipped Standard Editor Sarah Sands last night as she threw a party for the launch of Matthew d’Ancona’s In it Together.

Luckily the Chancellor had already worked the room and ducked out early to head to Washington for the IMF meeting before the speeches. No doubt the opposition would love to see the snaps of the Austerity Chancellor mingling in Robin Birley’s latest nightspot…

Tags: austerity, George Osborne, In it Together, Matthew d'Ancona