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Inside the Conservatives’ Black and White ball

8 February 2018

7:56 AM

8 February 2018

7:56 AM

To the Natural History Museum, for the Conservative Black and White ball. Theresa May’s Cabinet were given a chance to unwind with a glass or three of ‘Brexit juice’ (English sparkling wine) after a crunch meeting on the Irish border that afternoon. Guests munched on beef and kale (a pitch to metropolitan liberals?).

Theresa May’s speech at the annual fundraiser was well received – even if it was Rees-Mogg who was paid the most attention once in the room.

Up for auction was the irresistible prospect of dinner with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson in the Churchill war rooms. This prize was bagged by a Russian – perhaps they’ll take notes on the tour.

Ruth Davidson’s star power proved more lucrative than Liam Fox’s – with lunch with the Scottish Conservative leader reaching seven times what lunch with the International Trade Secretary could muster. However, Theresa May can hold her head high that the highest bid of the night was campaigning with the Prime Minister.

The Conservative’s celebrity supporter Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo brought some glamour to the occasion – attending as her I’m a Celeb colleague Stanley Johnson’s date. ‘She stayed pretty damn late,’ reports Mr S’s man-on-the-inside.

However, the talk of the party was the presence of Gary Goldsmith – the Duchess of Cambridge’s black sheep uncle. Given that Goldsmith was handed a community service order for hitting his wife last year, he somewhat distracted from the burning injustices manifesto promise.

Perhaps then it tells you something about the state of the Conservative’s phoney leadership war that, while Boris Johnson posed for a picture with Goldsmith, his rival Gavin Williamson savvily went straight for a photo opp with the nation’s sweetheart Toff…

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