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The Spectator’s 190th birthday party, in pictures

4 July 2018

11:19 PM

4 July 2018

11:19 PM

With just two days to go until Theresa May’s big Chequers away day, the Cabinet headed to 22 Old Queen for a pre-sesh. Theresa May held court in the garden while Michael Gove charmed guests on the merits of getting rid of tusk – ivory, not the EU leader naturally.

Given that this was no normal Spectator summer party – instead the Spectator’s 190th birthday party – guests were in such a merry mood that even the odd speck of rain failed to dampen proceedings.

Here are a range of photos from the bash, courtesy of Alan Davidson and Anne Schwarz:

Jess Phillips.

Michael Gove.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy “Low Life” Clarke

Matt Hancock and Kay Burley

Andrew Neil, Theresa May and Susan Nillson

Fraser Nelson

Michelle Dewberry and Piers Morgan


Taki, with two Swedish admirers

David Starkey

David Davis and Piers Morgan

Tanya Gold, Liz Truss, James Forsyth, Ross Clark

Birthday red balloons (99 of them) outside the door of The Spectator’s offices in Westminster

Matt Hancock and Kay Burley

Julia Hartley Brewer and Nigel Evans

James Forsyth, Damian Green and Henry Newman

Andrew Neil, Ben Delo and Jeremy Hildreth

David Butterfield

Michael Gove and Katy Balls

Alan Duncan and Simon Walters

David Davis

Karen Bradley

Spot the Brexiteer – George Osborne, Julia Hartley Brewer and Lionel Barber

Robert Peston and Tim Smith

Rod Liddle

Chris Grayling says hello

Lloyd Evans

Boris Johnson greets his sister Rachel


Fraser Nelson and Sajid Javid

Mick Hucknall

Emily Maitlis

Dominic Lawson and Theresa May

Philip Hammond

Alice Aitken and Torcuil Crichton

Andrew Neil and Theresa May


The Foreign Secretary

Daisy Dunn, Boris Johnson and Peter McKay

Tristram Hunt

Katy Balls, Ben Wallace and Francis Elliot

John Stevens and Jack Blanchard

Nick Robinson, David Butterfield and Emily Maitlis

Emma Boon, Giles Winn and Amber De Botton

John Witherow and Robert Peston

Rob Burley and Joy Lo Dico


Hammond and May

Helen Lederer and Danielle Wall

Emma Willis, shirtmaker

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