£18,000 and the Cabinet Minister is all yours…

Roll up, roll up. Get your Cabinet Minister here. It’s that time of year when politicians are put out to market.

Anna Mikhailova www.dailymail.co.uk

For the princely sum of £18,000, a big beast can be lured to attend an event at the Tory party conference in October. And there’s no need to be part of the chumocracy that has sold PPE to the NHS.

Lobbyists and businesses have been sent the ‘price list’ ahead of the Manchester shindig, which will be a ‘hybrid’ gathering – combining actual stalls and virtual tours.

Anyone feeling more generous can spend £24,000 to go to a special breakfast with party co-chairmen Amanda Milling

The £18,000 allows firms to host a ‘themed event on a specific of their choice’, make a speech and host a discussion all in the presence of a Cabinet Minister.

Tory chiefs even offer to work with the business to ‘generate awareness’ of the topic they are most ‘passionate’ about.

Anyone feeling more generous can spend £24,000 to go to a special breakfast with party co-chairmen Amanda Milling and Ben Elliot.

All exhibitors are entitled not only to visits from ‘senior members of the Cabinet’ and access to something called a ‘business card fishbowl’. Another Tory money-raising wheeze is for people to pay £19,800 to have their business logo printed on a conference bag. My mole says: ‘For that, I assume they are woven by Boris himself from Welsh gold.’

Either that or he is already recycling his wife’s £840-a-roll gold wallpaper…