Tory grandees – and I’m a Celeb’s Georgia Toffolo – head to annual Black And White Ball

The Brexit battle was put aside for a night of partying on Wednesday when the poshest of the political parties gathered for its annual Black and White Ball.

A who’s who of Conservative politicians and donors were dropped off in blacked out cars in Battersea, London, this evening, although plenty of famous faces were spotted.

Among them was reality TV star Georgia Toffolo who brought a touch of style to the Conservative Party’s lavish bash as she joined senior Tories and wealthy donors for the annual event. 

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.

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 in south London.

Reality TV star Georgia Toffolo arrives for the Conservative Party Black & White Ball at Battersea Evolution

Reality TV star Georgia Toffolo arrives for the Conservative Party Black & White Ball at Battersea Evolution

Reality TV star Georgia Toffolo arrives for the Conservative Party Black & White Ball at Battersea Evolution

James Cleverly MP arrives with his phone in hand in Battersea

James Cleverly MP arrives with his phone in hand in Battersea

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom focused on her phone as she arrived 

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom focused on her phone as she arrived 

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom focused on her phone as she arrived, as did James Cleverly 

Joan Collins was spotted among the arrivals who rubbed shoulders with politicians 

Joan Collins was spotted among the arrivals who rubbed shoulders with politicians 

Joan Collins was spotted among the arrivals who rubbed shoulders with politicians 

Philip Hammond arrived at the party on Wednesday night

Philip Hammond arrived at the party on Wednesday night

Cabinet members Philip Hammond (left) and Michael Gove (right) also partied the night away

The prime minister was smiling as she leaves Battersea Park in London following the annual Black and White Ball

The prime minister was smiling as she leaves Battersea Park in London following the annual Black and White Ball

The prime minister was smiling as she leaves Battersea Park in London following the annual Black and White Ball

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.

Prime Minister Theresa May dashed back from Belfast last night and got dolled up for the annual Conservative Black and White Ball – hours before she swaps her pwoder for war paint in Brussels.

The Tory leader was among the scores of politicians rolled out to rub shoulders with wealthy donors – in a bid to keep cash coming in for the party.

Every year tickets for the lavish event are sold for thousands of pounds for the richest on the outside, the meet and greet those at the heart of Parliament.   

Scores of taxis and private cars, many with blacked-out back windows, dropped people off at the function on Wednesday evening amid a heavy police presence.

However, the party will be a distraction for Mrs May who faces a bruising trip to Brussels on Thursday.

After a day in which EU leaders slammed Brexiteers and said there was a ‘special place in hell for them’ Mrs May is heading to the heart of the bloc to try and get improvements to her deal.

The plan carved out between the two sides of the Brexit split was rejected by MPs in the House of Commons and in order to avoid crashing out with no deal – Mrs May must win compromise from EU chiefs.

Mrs May was seen entering the event in a dress and heels despite a tough day in Belfast 

Mrs May was seen entering the event in a dress and heels despite a tough day in Belfast 

Mrs May was seen entering the event in a dress and heels despite a tough day in Belfast 

It is not set to be an easy task after Donald Tusk’s comments rattled hardline leavers.

But for one night, the troubles were put aside. 

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.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay wore a bright pink tie for the bash

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay wore a bright pink tie for the bash

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox also shelved Brexit worries for the evening

 Iain Duncan Smith went to the party where wealthy donors splashed their cash for the Conservative Party 

 Iain Duncan Smith went to the party where wealthy donors splashed their cash for the Conservative Party 

 Iain Duncan Smith went to the party where wealthy donors splashed their cash for the Conservative Party 

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his wife Lucia were dressed to impress when they arrived

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his wife Lucia were dressed to impress when they arrived

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his wife Lucia were dressed to impress when they arrived

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.’

 

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