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The Spectator summer party, in pictures

6 July 2016

11:30 PM

6 July 2016

11:30 PM

In recent weeks, Westminster politicians have found themselves compared to the characters of House of Cards and Game of Thrones over their post-referendum antics. Happily, parliamentarians were able to put such differences aside on Wednesday night as they took a well-deserved break from work at The Spectator summer party.

As Labour’s Rachel Reeves and Liz Kendall caught up with Liz Truss, Laurence Fox — the Lewis actor — put on a passionate display for the cameras with his male companion for the evening. Meanwhile with a Tory leadership contest underway, Theresa May made sure to do the rounds and rally support for her campaign at the champagne-fuelled bash. Her efforts did not go unrewarded, with Fox confiding to Steerpike that she was his preferred choice.

As for the Ukip leadership race? Douglas Carswell confessed that he remained ‘inconsolable’ over Nigel Farage’s resignation, while Christine Hamilton assured Mr S that her husband Neil Hamilton would not be running to be Farage’s successor; ‘it’s just not happening, he’s far too busy in Wales’.

Here are a selection of photos from the event, courtesy of Alan Davidson:

Fraser Nelson and Matt Hancock

Fraser Nelson and Matt Hancock

Toby Young and Taki

Toby Young and Taki

The Spectator at Home

Tristram Hunt and Matt Hancock

The Spectator at Home

Penny Mourdant

Rachel Johnson and Ben Wallace

Rachel Johnson and Ben Wallace

Liz Truss, Tim Montgomerie and Justine Greening

Liz Truss, Tim Montgomerie and Justine Greening

Liz Truss, John Woodcock, Tim Montgomerie and Justine Greening

Liz Truss, John Woodcock, Tim Montgomerie and Justine Greening

Liz Truss, Rachel Reeves and Liz Kendall

Liz Truss, Rachel Reeves and Liz Kendall


Chris Grayling and Allegra Stratton

Chris Grayling and Allegra Stratton

Piers Morgan and Emily Maitlis

Piers Morgan and Emily Maitlis

The Spectator at Home

Rachel Reeves, Matt Hancock and Andrew Neil

Laurence Fox

Laurence Fox

The Spectator at Home

Sajid Javid

Jacob and Helena Rees-Mogg

Jacob and Helena Rees-Mogg

The Spectator at Home

Thea Rogers

Theresa May and David Gauke

Theresa May and David Gauke

The Spectator at Home

Anne McElvoy and Andrew Neil

Julia Hartley-Brewer and Chris Grayling

Julia Hartley-Brewer and Chris Grayling

Liz Kendall and Nick Cohen

Liz Kendall and Nick Cohen

The Spectator at Home

Theresa Villiers, Liz Truss, Theresa May and Justine Greening

Robert Peston and Emily Maitlis

Robert Peston and Emily Maitlis

Jo Coburn, Rachel Reeves and Sajid Javid

Jo Coburn, Rachel Reeves and Sajid Javid

Laurence Fox

Laurence Fox

Douglas Carswell

Douglas Carswell

Susan Nilsson

Susan Nilsson

Taki and Andrew Neil

Taki and Andrew Neil

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer

Francis Maude

Francis Maude

Sebastian Shakespeare and Katy Balls

Sebastian Shakespeare and Katy Balls

Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan

Richard Eden and Gisela Stuart

Richard Eden and Gisela Stuart

Leah Herlihy, Melissa McAdams and Danielle Wall

Leah Herlihy, Melissa McAdams, Danielle Wall and Sophie Ryan


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