Feeling adventurous? Tories auction off an Iron Man challenge with Iain Duncan Smith, shoe shopping with Theresa May and roast chicken dinner with Michael Gove alongside luxury ski and villa holidays

  • Guests paid up to £1,500 a ticket at London's Grosvenor House Hotel
  • Lots included jogging with Nicky Morgan and dinner with Sajid Javid
  • Hedge-fund kings and City tycoons rubbed shoulders with stars and MPs
  • Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold joined her porn baron father David
  • Apprentice star Karren Brady and Peer Stringfellow mingled with ministers

The Conservative party has bolstered their election warchest by auctioning off Cabinet ministers at their exclusive Black and White Ball.

Super-rich guests at the event in London last night were invited to bid on lots including an Iron Man challenge with Iain Duncan Smith, an early morning jog with Nicky Morgan, shoe shopping with Theresa May and a roast chicken dinner at home with Michael Gove.

Hedge-fund kings, City tycoons and captains of industry were among the 1,100 guests paying between £500 and £1,500 a ticket for the bash at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

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One popular lot was the chance to take part in a 10km Iron Man Endeavour with Iain Duncan Smith
Guests were invited to bid for a trip shoe shopping with Home Secretary Theresa May
One lot was the chance to join Education Secretary Nicky Morgan for an early morning 5km jog

One popular lot was the chance to take part in a 10km Iron Man Endeavour with Iain Duncan Smith (left), while others included shoe shopping with Home Secretary Theresa May and jogging with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

David Cameron and wife Samantha leave the Black and White Ball last night, where members of the Cabinet were auctioned off to the highest bidder

David Cameron and wife Samantha leave the Black and White Ball last night, where members of the Cabinet were auctioned off to the highest bidder

Lots in the auction included and early morning run with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan
Guests could bid to have dinner at home with Michael Gove

Lots in the auction included and early morning run with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (left), or dinner at home with her predecessor Michael Gove (right)

With less than three months until the election, senior Tories hope the event will have raised millions for the campaign to keep David Cameron in Number 10.

Guests at the event included Apprentice star Karren Brady, sex shop queen Jacqueline Gold, her porn baron father David Gold and gentleman's club owner Peter Stringfellow.

They sat at tables alongside senior ministers including Mr Cameron, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Education Secretary Mrs Morgan and party chairman Grant Shapps.

Guests were urged to bid on dozens of auction lots. Some were sold in an open auction while others were sold off using machines to silently bid on items.

One of the most eyecatching lots was the chance to join Mr Duncan Smith, a former army officer, in an endurance race.

MINISTERS FOR HIRE, LUXURY VILLAS AND A THATCHER BRONZE IN AUCTION

The glossy auction catalogue included the promise of luxury holidays in the Alps, Barbados and Thailand

The glossy auction catalogue included the promise of luxury holidays in the Alps, Barbados and Thailand

There was the promise of a luxury chalet for 12 in Verbier,
A small bronze statue of Baroness Thatcher by Antony Dufort reportedly sold for £210,000

There was the promise of a luxury chalet for 12 in Verbier, while a small bronze statue of Baroness Thatcher by Antony Dufort reportedly sold for £210,000

10km Iron Man Endeavour with Iain Duncan Smith

Run and breakfast with Nicky Morgan 

Collection of budgets signed by George Osborne

Dinner for four with Michael and Sarah Gove

Tea and book review with Boris Johnson

Shoe shopping with Theresa May

Dinner with Sajid and Laura Javid at the Carlton Club

2015 Manifesto personalised and signed by the Prime Minister

Signed photo of last Whips' Office dinner attended by Margaret Thatcher

Signed Churchill collection

Romantic getaway to Santorini with private plane

Baroness Thatcher bronze by Antony Dufort

The first new Subaru model

Private singing lessons 

Luxury chalet for 12 in Verbier

A JCB digger

Pheasant and partridge shoot for eight people

Baroness Thatcher original signed charcoal sketch

A week for 24 at the La Fortaleza estate in Majorca

A private night at Annabel's nightclub

Week at Cobblers Cov, Barbados

A ski holiday for four

Thailand villa for 10

Week in a Tuscan villa for 16

Week skiing for 10 in Utah

Personalised composition by Wombles theme creator Mike Batt

Private cookery classes for 16

Downton Abbey tea and tour of Highclere Castle for two

Tickets to the Mockingjay premiere

The full list can be read at BuzzFeed 

The glossy auction brochure said: 'Feeling adventurous? Join Iain Duncan Smith in this Iron Man-style 'Endeavour'. The 10km course will be action-packed, suitable for endurance race veterans or competitors who are looking for a challenge.

'You will encounter hills, woods, streams, hedges and hay barns as you seek the finish line in a bid to beat your team mate.'

If that sounded a bit too much like hard work, a more gentle 5km run was on offer with Mrs Morgan, dubbed the 'first female Conservative MP to take part in the London Marathon'.

'This is an opportunity to join Nicky for an early morning 5km run. After your run, join Nicky for a hearty breakfast.'

Merge fashion and politics with the longest serving Home Secretary for 50 years 

The chance to hit the shops with Mrs May was one of the most highly-prized lots. The glossy brochure stated: 'Merge fashion and politics with the longest serving Home Secretary for 50 years.

'Now is your chance, alongside a friend, to shoe shop in a Bond Street store. Enjoy tea before agreeing on what will best suit your wardrobe.' A £500 shopping voucher was included.

Dinner with the Goves was the offer of a 'hearty weeknight roast chicken dinner on a mutually convenient date'.

Some members of the Cabinet were rather less adventurous. William Hague had signed a cartoon of Margaret Thatcher from 1977.

There was also the promise of dinner with Culture Secretary Sajid Javid at the Carlton Club, a 'unique' bound collection of George Osborne's Budgets signed by 'the man himself' and a copy of the Tory 2015 manifesto signed by Mr Cameron.

Lot Number One was a 'romantic getaway to Santorini with private plane', offering two people a five-night break in a suite with its own private spa at the five star Grace hotel. It sold for £220,000.

Meanwhile, a small bronze statue of Baroness Thatcher by Antony Dufort went for £210,000. A JCB digger reportedly sold for £50,000.

Guests at the Black and White Ball in central London inluded Peter Stringfellow and his wife Bella Wright

Guests at the Black and White Ball in central London inluded Peter Stringfellow and his wife Bella Wright

Partygoers could bid to have dinner with Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, pictured with his wife Laura

Partygoers could bid to have dinner with Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, pictured with his wife Laura

Apprentice star Karren Brady worked for Mr Gold's sex-obsessed Sport Newspapers
Also attending was David Sullivan, who made his fortune from porn films, adult magazines and sex shops

Also attending was Apprentice star Karren Brady, who worked for Mr Gold's sex-obsessed Sport Newspapers, and David Sullivan (right) who made his fortune from porn films, magazines and sex shops

There were luxury stays in villas, ski chalets and hotels, offers of hunting, shooting and fishing and lessons in drumming, singing and cookery.

Guests could also bid for luxury lots including a trip on a private jet to the Greek island of Santorini, a home-cooked dinner from Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux, pheasant shooting for eight people, a private night at Annabel's nightclub, a guided tour of the gardens at the Prince of Wales' Highgrove estate, a personalised composition by Wombles songwriter Mike Batt or a baking masterclass with the creator of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake.

A Conservative spokesman said: 'All donations will be declared in the right and proper manner to the Electoral Commission.'

The dress code for the lavish event was 'Winter Cool', with Mr Cameron opting for a lounge suit, rather than black tie, and his wife Samantha, wearing a knee-length cream dress.

Zoe Purvis, a celebrity makeup artist, chaired the dinner's organising committee.

One top table was taken by her multi-millionaire husband Andrew Law, chief executive of Caxton Associates, which uses its £4.5billion hedge fund to bet on international currency movements.

Showbiz: The Bill and Eastenders actor Billy Murray attended the elite £3million bash with his wife Elaine

Showbiz: The Bill and Eastenders actor Billy Murray attended the elite £3million bash with his wife Elaine

Glamour: The guest list for tonight's Tory fundraising ball, where ticket costs ranged from £500 to £1,500, ranged from lawyer and Strictly star Nancy Dell'Olio (pictured) to The Apprentice businesswoman Karren Brady
Oil tycoon Algy Cluff

Glamour: The guest list for tonight's Tory fundraising ball, where ticket costs ranged from £500 to £1,500, ranged from lawyer and Strictly star Nancy Dell'Olio (left) to oil tycoon Algy Cluff (right)

Hidden away: David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrived at the luxury hotel in a chauffeur-driven car

Hidden away: David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrived at the luxury hotel in a chauffeur-driven car

Other guests included Nancy Dell'Olio, who wore eye-catching leopard print shoes, and was accompanied by millionaire businessman Ivan Massow, who is hoping to become the party's 2016 London mayoral candidate.

Miss Gold is most well-known for bringing the Rampant Rabbit to Britain after transforming her father David's business Ann Summers.

They were joined at the party by Apprentice star Karren Brady, who became a Tory peer last year, despite her history working for Mr Gold's sex-obsessed Sport Newspapers.

Also attending was David Sullivan, who made his fortune from porn films, adult magazines and sex shops. 

Party chiefs were hoping to raise up to £3 million from the soiree to help boost their war chest for the general election.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers
Environment Secretary Liz Truss

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers (left) and Environment Secretary Liz Truss (right)

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps and his wife Belinda
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Cabinet: Tory party chairman Grant Shapps and his wife Belinda and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (right with wife Lucia)

Companions: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling with his wife Susan Dillistone
Fformer Lords leader Lord Strathclyde

Companions: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling with his wife Susan Dillistone (left) and former Lords leader Lord Strathclyde (right)

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said: 'It's no wonder the Tories stand up for a privileged few when their election campaign relies on such an elite few funders.

'Ministers are busy rubbing shoulders with an exclusive network of big money backers rather than delivering for working people.

'As Ministers and tycoons gather tonight to decide how the Tory campaign is going to be funded, families up and down the country are suffering a cost of living crisis to which the Tories have no answers.'


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