A doorstep lender, property moguls and controversial bankers were among guests worth £22bn at the Conservatives’ most important fund raising event this year
The list of 570 guests at the Tories’ Black and White party in February will heighten concern that wealthy individuals are potentially gaining access to ministers in secret.
A leaked table plan analysed by the Bureau shows that the prime minster and 21 other ministers including George Osborne were due to attend the event. Most of these have not confirmed their attendance at the fundraiser.
Earlier this year the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed how lobbyists and oligarchs had flocked to the 2013 Tory summer party attended by David Cameron and senior members of his cabinet.
Just like at that event, some guests at the black and white party sat with ministers whose portfolios were relevant to the guests’ financial interests. Read more here.
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