2. Conservative party donors at a fundraising dinner last night spent £220,000 for a week-long stay in a 17th-century fortress in Spain and another £210,000 for a statue of Margaret Thatcher.
Guests paid up to £15,000 for a table at the secretive gala dinner, which was hosted by the Tories at the five-star Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair.
In a bid to raise millions of pounds for the upcoming general election campaign, the party auctioned off a host of items, including a shoe-shopping session with home secretary Theresa May, a roast chicken dinner at home with chief whip Michael Gove, and a cup of tea with London mayor Boris Johnson, who promised to “enlighten and delight” guests.
The guests could bid to dine at the Carlton Club with culture secretary Sajid Javid and his wife. The prime minister also offered to sign a copy of the party’s 2015 manifesto once it was published.
Those in attendance were also encouraged to bid for the right to compete with welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith in a 10km “Endeavour” course — an Iron Man-style cross-country run.
There was also the chance to have breakfast and go on an “early morning 5km run” with education secretary Nicky Morgan.
Guests could also bid on tickets for the premiere of Mockingjay – Part 2 (the next film in the Hunger Games series), the chance to have Michelin-rated chef Albert Roux come to your home and cook for eight people, and a host of holidays and breaks.
11. While some lots were sold as part of a live auction, the majority of items were sold silently, with guests given their own machines to bid on items.
Among the items sold in the live auction was a week-long trip for 24 people to the La Fortaleza estate on the Bay of Pollença in northern Majorca. The trip, which reportedly sold for £220,000, includes a 17th-century fortress with five bedrooms, five more houses, two swimming pools, and a helipad.
A small bronze statue of Margaret Thatcher reportedly sold for £210,000. It portrays Thatcher in 1990, during her final term as prime minister.
The auction items were listed in a brochure Conservative press officers tried to keep away from journalists, including those from BuzzFeed News.
The front page of a brochure handed to guests at the gala.
The event was attended by multimillionaire supporters of the party, the prime minister, nearly every cabinet minister, and other government officials.
Supporters at the event included Subaskaran Allirajah, the founder of Lycamobile, which had two tables at the event, Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins, and hedge fund manager Stanley Fink. Lapdancing kingpin Peter Stringfellow was also there.
Mullins refuted the idea that the gala was inappropriate while austerity measures were still taking place. He told journalists gathered outside: “At the end of the day, it’s businesses who are going to get the economy back on its feet.
“That’s where all the money comes from for the NHS, for schools, for education. The money comes from taxes and taxes are paid by businesses.”
14. This is the full list of items auctioned off in a bid to raise millions for the Conservatives ahead of the election.
15. A trip on a private jet to Santorini.
Sold for £220,000.
17. The first model of a new Subaru in the UK.
19. A JCB digger.
This digger was allegedly sold for £50,000, according to a reporter at The Times.