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July 3, 2010 12:24 am
Political power couple David Cameron and Nick Clegg dominated the City summer party scene this week, with chancellor George Osborne and business secretary Vince Cable making it an occasional foursome.
The UK leadership team turned out in force at the FT Summer Party at Tate Britain early in the week, with backup from a number of senior ministers including higher education and science minister David Willetts, and transport secretary Phil Hammond, who chatted with Tory eminence Lord Heseltine.
Mr Cable stayed well into the evening while keeping an eye on his watch for a scheduled return to Westminster to cast a vote, under strict instructions from the whip.
Lady Vadera, the Labour minister-turned-G20 adviser, made a beeline for Mr Cable to pay her respects, after earlier greeting a few old Labour colleagues such as Alistair Darling and Jack Straw.
Mr Darling also found time to catch up with former UKFI boss-turned-Rothschild banker, John Kingman, who shared his news about becoming a parent with Lord Turnbull, his one-time boss at the civil service.
Lord Turnbull’s successor cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell talked about how well the new coalition government was working.
Jardine Matheson chairman Sir Henry Keswick said he was much happier with the FT since its support of the Tory party in the election, as was Tory businessman Sir John Madejski.
The Spanish ambassador Carles Casajuana popped in ahead of the Spain vs Portugal match (result: 1-0 in Spain’s favour).
The media players were led by ITV chairman Archie Norman, who spent much of the evening denying that the broadcaster had any intentions of bidding for Five. Daily Express owner Richard Desmond mingled with Mr Osborne.
CQS hedge fund founder Michael Hintze was anticipating one of the highlights of his summer: a visit to the Vatican on Monday for the Pope’s blessing of a restoration project funded by the graduate of St John’s College in Sydney.
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