No Elle, no dinner at Chequers: What Blair told supermodel's tycoon husband, as revealed by Lord Levy


Last updated at 22:33 03 May 2008

Prime interest: Elle Macpherson was asked to dinner at Chequers

Amid the fallout from Iraq, a series of fundraising dinners that my wife Gilda and I hosted for city academy supporters at our home in North London came to represent for Tony a respite from his increasingly bitter political struggles.

None more so than one evening that included a group of leading hedge-fund bosses who were also deeply committed to supporting educational projects.

Tony particularly enjoyed talking to Arpad "Arki" Busson, the founder of the educational charity ARK - Absolute Return for Kids.

But Gilda and I couldn't help wondering, after all the guests had left, whether the real attraction might have been Arki's partner - the supermodel Elle Macpherson.

We didn't have long to wait for the answer.

The next morning, a Downing Street official phoned to ask for contact details for Arki and Elle.

Tony wanted to invite them to dinner at Chequers. And he did - sort of.

Arki accepted the invitation, but when he mentioned that Elle would be out of town and unfortunately unable to join him, Downing Street delicately suggested that they delay the dinner until both of them could attend.

Abridged extract from A Question Of Honour, by Michael Levy, to be published by Simon & Schuster at £18.99 on May 12. To order your copy at the special price of £17.10 with free p&p call The Review Bookstore on 0845 606 4213.

Copyright Lord Michael Levy, 2008.

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