Reality TV star Georgia Toffolo brought a touch of style to the Conservative Party's lavish Black and White Ball as she joined senior Tories and wealthy donors for the annual event last night.
And Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox were among hundreds of guests chauffeured through a fairy-light lined drive to the Battersea Evolution venue.
Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab were also spotted on their way into the venue.
I'm A Celebrity winner Toffolo arrived in the back of a cab, after she shared a photo of her £2,783.50 Sandra Mansour dress with her 1.9 million Instagram followers.
In the past, rich supporters have spent tens of thousands of pounds to win time with the great and the good of the party at the annual fundraising event.
Past prizes have included shoe shopping with Theresa May and tennis with Boris Johnson and David Cameron.
Last year, one donor reportedly spent £55,000 to spend a working day with Mrs May.
Reportedly among the attendees was the wife of a former Russian government minister who previously splashed out £160,000 for the game of tennis with Mr Cameron and Mr Johnson.
Banker Lubov Chernukhin, who is married to Vladimir Chernukhin, a former deputy finance minister, was present at the glittering event, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ms Chernukhin last year shelled out £30,000 to have dinner with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson in the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall.
The auction, of which one lot was dinner at The Ivy with George Osborne, was presented by Wynne Evans, the mustachioed tenor opera singer in the Go Compare adverts, the Mirror reported.
In the past, tickets on tables with Cabinet ministers have cost up to £1,500, while tickets on tables with a minister cost £1,000, and standard tables were £500 a place.
Tory grandee Ken Clarke has previously urged his party to break its reliance on millionaires and embrace the need for more state funding of politics.
Referring to the ball, Mr Clarke said in 2015: "I think the Conservative Party will be strengthened if it is less dependent on having to raise money from wealthy individuals.
"But there is no way any leader can avoid raising funds from large gatherings of that kind."
Source: https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/ne ... hite-ball/
Photo credit: Press Association - Health Secretary Matt Hancock arrives for the Conservative Party Black & White Ball at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, south-west London.