Maggie Pagano's Letter

How should we pay for our politicians?

BY Maggie Pagano   /  8 July 2019

At the Hurlingham Club last week, a select number of Conservative party members paid £1,500 each to have dinner with outgoing prime minister, Theresa May, and the two contenders, Borish Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

One mysterious donor went a little further – he or she bid £300,000 to have dinner with the next Prime Minister.

Other wealthy supporters doled out thousands of pounds in the auction to buy a signed photograph of Boris Johnson and David Cameron, a day trip for nine on a private jet to anywhere they wish in Europe and tickets to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Another donor paid £40,000 for a private champagne party for a 100 people at the London Cabaret Club in Bloomsbury, another paid £15,000 for a hunting trip to Scotland. One brave soul paid to go walking with Rory Stewart.

We do not yet know the identity of the wealthy donors who shelled out hard-earned cash for such privileges. But you can bet your cotton socks they will include a hedge-funder, a property developer with offshore companies and maybe a rich Russian too.


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