The Tories have come under fire as details emerged about their glitzy summer fundraiser, which saw a bronze bust of Prime Minister David Cameron sold to a Tory donor for £90,000.
Senior Tories including David Cameron, his Cabinet, and London Mayor Boris Johnson attended the summer party in the City’s Old Billingsgate Market. Businessmen also flocked to attend including club mogul Peter Stringfellow and property developer Nick Candy, with stockbroker Howard Shore acting as host.
The dinner included a fundraising auction which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, with lots including grouse shoots, a portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the bronze bust. According to a Tory source, there was also a “folio of Thatcher’s speeches with annotations from the great lady”.
The bronze bust caused bemusement when presented until it was snapped up by a keen Tory businessman for £90,000. “There was obvious laughter when it came up for auction. Everyone thought it wouldn’t go and there were no bids until a businessman stepped in. It could have looked awful for him,” a party-goer told the Daily Mirror.
Top Labour MP John Mann told LondonlovesBusiness.com: “Some people have more money than sense.”
Guests were served a menu including smoked rainbow trout, guinea fowl stuffed with herbs and mascarpone, and ruhbarb and elderflower tart with gingerbread cream.
For an idea of what the bust might have looked like, reporter David Torrance posted an example of what they have in Tory headquarters.
This purports to be a bust of David Cameron (at CCO). It has no eyes. pic.twitter.com/cYSVQOMnZw
— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) June 24, 2013
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