LOCAL Conservatives will be suited and booted next week when their Hampstead and Kilburn members meet for an annual autumn dinner at a hotel in Regent’s Park. Someone tell election agent Douglas Douglas his heavy metal t-shirts will not be suitable attire.
The guest speaker will be none other than Chris Philp, the former Gospel Oak councillor who went close to beating Glenda Jackson in 2010 before switching targets and becoming an MP in Croydon South earlier this year. He retains many admirers in the area and still owns a house in Hampstead.
“This is set to be a wonderful evening, where we will celebrate the achievements of the past year and raise a glass to the election of the first Conservative majority government since 1992,” the invite reads, before billing the evening at £75 for a standard ticket and £150 for a ‘top table’ seat. “All proceeds go to electing Zac Goldsmith as Mayor of London, with each ticket sold paying for 3,000 leaflets to local residents!”
In return for this leaflet-funding outlay, members will enjoy a champagne reception before a menu of ‘Gravadlax with salmon caviar, crème fraîche, and grapefruit’ and then ‘rump of English lamb, rosemary mash, glazed baby carrots green beans, and red wine jus.’ There will be ‘tarte au citron, vanilla cream, fruit of the forest compote, and raspberry coulis’, and ‘half a bottle of wine per person included with the meal’.