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The Spectator summer party, in pictures | 13 July 2017

The Spectator summer party, in pictures | 13 July 2017
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After David Lidington complained about 'warm prosecco' fuelling Tory leadership plotting, the Cabinet stepped things up a gear on Thursday as they made their way to 22 Old Queen Street for some chilled champagne at The Spectator summer party.

After a difficult few months which saw Theresa May lose her majority in Parliament, the Prime Minister found time to unwind at the annual bash. However, with David Davis – the man tipped as her successor – also in attendance (and on the look out for someone to fill his SpAd vacancy), party talk soon turned to the eventual leadership contest. Davis's fellow leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd also made sure to show up. Happily for the Foreign Secretary, the back stabbing against him (detailed in this week's cover story) was kept to precisely that and he was welcomed warmly by his colleagues.

Here are selection of photos (taken by Alan Davidson and Anne Schwarz) from the event:

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Andrew Marr and Theresa May[/caption]

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David Davis and James Forsyth[/caption]

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Theresa May and Andrew Neil[/caption]

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Fraser Nelson and Boris Johnson[/caption]

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Amber Rudd[/caption]

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Rod Liddle[/caption]

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Laura Kuennssberg[/caption]

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Michael Heath[/caption]

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Ayesha Hazarika[/caption]

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John Whittingdale, Andrew Mitchell and Andrew Roberts[/caption]

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Fraser Nelson and Theresa May[/caption]

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Tristram Hunt[/caption]

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Jo Johnson and Andrew Adonis[/caption]

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Boris Johnson and Rachel Johnson[/caption]

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Flora Rose, Tim Smith and Katy Balls[/caption]

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Martin Vander Weyer and Colleen Graffy[/caption]

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Kay Burley[/caption]

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Emily Maitlis[/caption]

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Andrew Marr[/caption]

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Liz Truss[/caption]

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Emma Boon[/caption]

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Gareth Kime, David Starkey and David Butterfield[/caption]

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Petronella Wyatt[/caption]

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Taki[/caption]

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Cosmo Landesman[/caption]

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Stephen Pitt and Rebecca Mukasa[/caption]

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Douglas Murray[/caption]

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Lara Prendergast[/caption]

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Kemi Badenoch and Graham Brady[/caption]

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Carrie Symonds and Lucy Aitkens[/caption]

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Sam Leith and Daisy Dunn[/caption]

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Chris Hope, Harry de Quetteville, Ruth Porter and Mark Mason[/caption]

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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