Inside a £500-a-head Tory donor lunch with Boris Johnson

Where the wine was ‘rubbish’ and he made “incendiary” remarks. [Watch the video, no comment – Owl]

Henry Dyer 

  • Johnson attended a Conservative Party fundraiser on Sept. 10, the largest since the pandemic began.
  • Insider spoke to an attendee who provided an insight into the PM’s behaviour behind closed doors.
  • At one point, he joked about the UK becoming the “Saudi Arabia of penal policy” under Priti Patel.

Boris Johnson was, as usual, running late.

He had just been at Downing Street to speak to the president of Chile, but more important business on the afternoon of September 10 was in the largest conference room at the InterContinental London Park Lane in Mayfair.

Johnson was the guest of honour at the first large Conservative Party fundraiser event since the pandemic began.

With tickets costing up to £500, and three hundred attendees, the lunch was a major opportunity to raise funds for the Cities Of London & Westminster Conservative Association, whose constituency covers Theatreland in the West End, the Houses of Parliament, and the commercial centre of the City of London.

The “substantial sum of money” raised was not just for the association’s work in the constituency, but also for Conservative Campaign Headquarters and other groups, according to the event’s brochure.

Insider spoke to an attendee at the lunch, who shared her experience of what it is like to attend the event, as well as photographs and video, including of incendiary remarks made by Johnson behind closed doors.