It was PR guru Matthew Freud’s 50th birthday on Saturday: he and his wife, Elisabeth Murdoch, hosted a fairly lavish party. But would Westminster’s finest attend?

Guests were struck to see the Prime Minister and the Chancellor both in attendance, evidently quite happy to rejoin the social set that they have both kept clear of in recent years. Tony and Cherie Blair were also tripping the light fantastic. It was, after all, a Noah’s Ark theme and they came in twos: PM and Osborne, Blairs, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Perhaps the Chancellor is so confident that his pre-Budget report will be a festival of good news that he feels he can start partying again.

After some initial confusion, Downing Street confirmed that Cameron attended the bash. But before Labour gets too excited about this, it’s rumoured that Alastair Campbell played the bagpipes and Bono was on hand to give a private performance including (I can’t live) With or Without You. Which certainly seems to sum up the PM’s relationship with the Murdoch clan.

UPDATE: It would seem that Matthew Freud originally told the Telegraph that Cameron dodged the party, according to Mandrake’s side of the story at least.

Tags: Alastair Campbell, David Cameron, Phone hacking, Rupert Murdoch