Friday, March 13, 2009


Amanda Platell

Last night as a Patron of Mid Beds Conservative Association I attended a wonderful dinner at the Carlton Club, off Pall Mall in London with 40 others. The dinner was hosted by our MP Nadine Dorries and our guest speaker was Amanda Platell, the well known acerbic Daily Mail columnist who was once William Hague's spin doctor. Amanda is Australian, came to live in the UK in 1983 and never went home. She is charming, funny and warm and we enjoyed an excellent dinner in the Churchill Room, with enormous portraits of Sir Winston Church and Queen Elizabeth II, painted soon after her accession to the throne in 1952, looking down on us.

The Carlton was founded in 1823 by the Prince Regent, after he had a row with his father King George III, and the Club symbol is the Prince of Wales feathers. It has a spectacular circular staircase and dozens of large portraits of historic figures.

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