Dinner with the defence secretary is hot ticket at Tory ball

Written by David Singleton on 8 February 2018 in Diary

The auction catalogue at the Black and White ball appeared to compare Gavin Williamson to Winston Churchill.

Gavin Williamson may have a few enemies in Conservative circles, but at least one well-heeled Tory is backing him to be the saviour of the party.

Or at least that is the most plausible explanation for reports that someone paid a cool £30,000 for dinner with the defence secretary, who recently hit the deadlines due to colourful revelations about his time as a fireplace salesman in Yorkshire.

The mystery donor stumped up the cash at last night’s lavish Black and White ball, which took place at Natural History Museum.

Thankfully for Number 10, Theresa May attracted the biggest bid at the silent auction, with one donor paying £55,000 to spend a day with the prime minister.

Dinner with Ruth Davidson went for more than £15,000, while lunch with Liam Fox only managed to fetch around £2,000.

Another bidder is said to have paid £12,500 for dinner with Michael Gove and Sarah Vine at their home in west London. "The dinner will be prepared by the couple, who will join four of you at their own kitchen table," the auction catalogue read.

But it was dinner in the Churchill war rooms with Williamson - who is now known by some Tory MPs as ‘poker’ -  that had the most overblown description.

The opportunity to dine with the defence secretary was grandiosely billed as the chance to "walk in the footsteps of Churchill".



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