Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak joins top Tories for summer party at London’s V&A museum


Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak joins top Tories as well as guests including Holly Valance and Nick Candy for summer party at London’s V&A museum

  • Prime Minister Johnson and top members of his cabinet headed to the museum
  • They were welcomed by members of the PCS Union who gathered outside V&A
  • Culture secretary Nadine Dorries was booed by protesters, who are government workers including civil servants, after 91,000 job cuts were announced by PM

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak joined top Tories and guests for a Conservative summer party being held at V&A museum this evening.

The fundraising event on Monday night saw the Prime Minister and top members of his cabinet head to the London museum to woo Tory donors.

But as they arrived at the party, they were welcomed by members of the PCS Union who gathered outside to campaign for better pay.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries was booed by protesters, who are government workers including civil servants.

Earlier this year, Boris Johnson announced 91,000 job cuts across the civil service, with the secretaries of state asked to prepare plans for redundancies across their departments by the soon-approaching 30 June.

Also in attendance was secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart, businessman and notable Tory donor Nick Candy and his Australian model wife Holly Valance, political strategist Lynton Crosby and former investment banker Lubov Chernukhin.

Boris Johnson (pictured) and Rishi Sunak joined top Tories and guests for a Conservative summer party being held at V&A museum this evening

Boris Johnson (pictured) and Rishi Sunak joined top Tories and guests for a Conservative summer party being held at V&A museum this evening

The fundraising event on Monday night saw the Prime Minister and top members of his cabinet head to the London museum to woo Tory donors (Rishi Sunak pictured)

The fundraising event on Monday night saw the Prime Minister and top members of his cabinet head to the London museum to woo Tory donors (Rishi Sunak pictured)

Former investment banker and Conservative party donor, Lubov Chernukhin, who has donated more than £2million to the Tories

Former investment banker and Conservative party donor, Lubov Chernukhin, who has donated more than £2million to the Tories

Conservative party Chairman Oliver Dowden arrived at the museum for the do, as well as foreign secretary Liz Truss, health secretary Sajid Javid.

In April, the Prime Minister hosted a luxurious champagne and canapes do at Mayfair hotel Claridge’s and joked about Partygate just hours before the cost-of-living bills came into place for Britons.

Johnson and fellow Cabinet ministers ‘schmoozed’ Tory donors on April 2, ahead of the life-changing rise in costs for bills and council tax for the people of the UK. 

It is understood that the event on Monday evening was similar in that Tories were ‘schmoozing’ their regular donors.

Conservative party Chairman Oliver Dowden (pictured left) arrived at the museum for the do, as well as foreign secretary Liz Truss, health secretary Sajid Javid

Conservative party Chairman Oliver Dowden (pictured left) arrived at the museum for the do, as well as foreign secretary Liz Truss, health secretary Sajid Javid

Also in attendance was secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart, pictured right, on Monday evening outside the V&A museum

Also in attendance was secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart, pictured right, on Monday evening outside the V&A museum

The following day after the April do saw millions of ordinary Britons face an assault on their budgets because council tax, car tax, national insurance, water bills and the cost of broadband, phones and TV are all going up in April. 

All the while Mr Johnson was wooing wealthy backers, with his aim to get cash for the Conservative’s marginal seats funds.

Earlier today, Boris Johnson retook the reins of government hours after undergoing surgery on a sinus problem this morning.

The Prime Minister is ‘feeling well’ and held meetings this afternoon, after the minor operation under general anaesthetic at an unspecified London NHS hospital, his spokesman said.

Businessman and notable Tory donor Nick Candy (pictured) and his Australian model wife Holly Valance also went to the event on Monday

Businessman and notable Tory donor Nick Candy (pictured) and his Australian model wife Holly Valance also went to the event on Monday

It is understood that the event on Monday evening was for Tories were 'schmooze' their regular donors. Pictured is Holly Valance arriving at the event

It is understood that the event on Monday evening was for Tories were ‘schmooze’ their regular donors. Pictured is Holly Valance arriving at the event

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries was booed by protesters, who are government workers including civil servants. Pictured is foreign secretary Liz Truss

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries was booed by protesters, who are government workers including civil servants. Pictured is foreign secretary Liz Truss

Mr Johnson was admitted to hospital at 6am for the scheduled procedure, and returned to Downing Street around 10am. 

It was the first time the PM had visited hospital since he suffered from Covid in the spring of 2020, and his spokesman said they two were not related.

It is understood Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab remains on hand to assist with any major decisions, in line with the general advice to the public on not making significant choices for the first 24 hours after undergoing general anaesthesia.

However, Boris Johnson remains Prime Minister and will continue acting as such, No 10 said.

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