After David Lidington complained about ‘warm prosecco’ fuelling Tory leadership plotting, the Cabinet stepped things up a gear on Thursday as they made their way to 22 Old Queen Street for some chilled champagne at The Spectator summer party.
After a difficult few months which saw Theresa May lose her majority in Parliament, the Prime Minister found time to unwind at the annual bash. However, with David Davis – the man tipped as her successor – also in attendance (and on the look out for someone to fill his SpAd vacancy), party talk soon turned to the eventual leadership contest. Davis’s fellow leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd also made sure to show up. Happily for the Foreign Secretary, the back stabbing against him (detailed in this week’s cover story) was kept to precisely that and he was welcomed warmly by his colleagues.
Here are selection of photos (taken by Alan Davidson and Anne Schwarz) from the event: