To the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards where politicians from across the political divide gathered to celebrate the best of Westminster. After a year which saw numerous cabinet resignations, failed coups and Brexit barneys, the annual awards proved more topical than ever.
Liz Truss stepped in for last year’s Parliamentarian winner Ruth Davidson – currently on maternity leave – to host the event. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury set the tone for the evening with a speech which held no punches. Of her new Cabinet colleague Steve Barclay, Truss joked that when it came to picking a host for the evening’s awards, she hoped she wasn’t as far down the list as Barclay was for the role of Brexit Secretary.
Meanwhile, on accepting the gong for ministerial resignation of the year, Tracey Crouch took the opportunity to embrace her inner Baroness Trumpington by flicking a V-sign at Philip Hammond – who was absent from the event – over the FOBTs row.
Here are a selection of pictures from the event, courtesy of Alan Davidson and Anne Schwarz: