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The Spectator summer party, in pictures

4 July 2019

10:29 PM

4 July 2019

10:29 PM

While the cat’s away, the mice will play. Or, while the two leadership finalists take part in a hustings in Yorkshire and Humber, their supporters will find time to position themselves for jobs, plot and drink some Pol Roger. On Thursday evening, former Tory leadership candidates and cabinet ministers all descended on 22 Old Queen Street for this year’s Spectator summer party, kindly sponsored by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The battle for the position of Chancellor was clearly underway in the Spectator office as two of the main contenders, Liz Truss and Matt Hancock, worked the room and charmed their Conservative colleagues.

While Theresa May’s Cabinet turned out in force, as Amber Rudd, Penny Mordaunt, David Lidington, Chris Grayling, David Gauke, and Michael Gove all made their way to the Spectator to drink champagne and toast the end of the May administration.

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

Julia Hartley-Brewer and Graham Brady

Geoff White, Stephen Ashworth, and Marion Ellis, RICS sponsors

Jo Johnson

David Lidington and Andrew Marr

Taki and Michael Heath

Priti Patel and Amber Rudd

Andrew Marr

Martin Ivens and Bim Afolami

Matt Hancock and Tristram Hunt

Beth Rigby and Kay Burley

Damian Green

Peter Hitchens

Toby Young and Andrew Roberts

Priti Patel

Susan Nilsson and Andrew Neil

Tim Shipman and Liz Truss

Charles Moore and Norman Lamont

Katy Balls and James Forsyth

David Gauke and Carolyn Quinn


James Cleverly

The Spectator model bus

Matt Hancock and Norman Lamont

Linda Nelson, Cindy Yu and Sophia Money Coutts

Tom Morgan, Sophie Gaston, Sebastian Payne and Ed Cumming

John Pienaar and Penny Davies

Peter Cardwell, Steph Lis, Dan Hodges and Claire Coutinho

Amber Rudd and James Forsyth

Helen Lederer

Chris Grayling and Robert Peston

Anne McElvoy

Andrew Gimson and Jo Johnson

Simon Jenkins

Tim Shipman, Ellie Lyons and Dan Hodges

Tristram Hunt and Fraser Nelson

Linda Nelson and Henry Newman

Liz Truss and Claire Fox

Piers Morgan and Tristram Hunt

Rod Liddle

James Delingpole

Grayson Perry

Jo Coburn and Amber Botton

Adam Boulton

Henry Newman and Ayesha Hazarika

Jo Coburn

Cindy Yu and Katy Balls

Isabel Oakeshott and Charlie Elphicke

Nick King

Taki and Michael Heath

Victoria Atkins and Olivia Robey

Petronella Wyatt

Daisy and Alice Dunn

Tom Newton Dunn and Diane Abbott

Tanya Gold and Sam Leith

Stephen Parkinson, Andy Silvester, Melissa McAdden

James Forsyth and David Gauke

Anastasia Zaporojtchenko, Ben Burman, Danielle Wall and Marcus Berkmann

Diane Abbott and Matt Hancock

Graham Brady and Robert Peston

Nigel Havers

Julia Hartley-Brewer, Richard Tice and Isabel Oakeshott

Dominic Lawson

Michael Cockerell and Joy Lo Dico

Ranald MacDonald, Amber Rudd and Flora Gill

Clementine Hain-Cole, Lara Prendergast and Alice Hancock

Chris Grayling


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