Thatcher Portrait Goes for £440,000

Showing that she still has star-quality, a 1990 Michael Noakes portait of Maggie auctioned for a little short of half-a-million quid. The sale took place at the Tory spring ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Interestingly the bidder, Guido believes, would not have to be declared as a donor by the Tories in the usual manner, because the bidder did not make a donation – they purchased a picture. Handy…

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John McDonnell tells the Gallery/Lobby lunch what the priest told him to do…

‘He persuaded me to do this. He said you need to soften your image. So do Mumsnet and do this…. I’m trying to soften my image.’


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