Bid­ders snub Boris Brex-fast

Stars at Dream Ball auc­tion turn their backs on Uxbridge MP’s ‘prize’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

BORIS John­son was left with egg on his face as a char­ity auc­tion prize of hav­ing break­fast with him at­tracted zero bids.

Celebri­ties and so­cialites at the Dream Ball char­ity auc­tion, on Thurs­day July 7, re­fused to bid on a break­fast with the Brex­iter and Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP.

A meal with the dis­tinc­tive politi­cian was among the lots up for grabs to celebri­ties and so­cialites at the char­ity auc­tion.

Bid­ders at the event in­cluded Strictly stars An­ton Du Beke, James and Ola Jor­dan, Eas­tEn­ders ac­tress Lorna Fitzgerald and cab­i­net min­is­ter Oliver Letwin, although Boris, who led the Vote Leave campaign in the lead up to the EU ref­er­en­dum, was not present.

One of­fer for the break­fast was made but the would-be lot win­ner re­tracted the ac­ci­den­tal bid, as one guest heck­led: “Can I pay in Eu­ros?”

Event or­gan­iser and Dream Ball com­mit­tee mem­ber James Innes even­tu­ally stumped up £5,000 for the unique op­por­tu­nity, sav­ing the for­mer London mayor from to­tal em­bar­rass­ment.

The auc­tion­eer at­tempted to soften the blow, say­ing: “This is ster­ling. I can’t be­lieve this is all we’re go­ing to get.”

The Dream Ball was held to raise money to help young peo­ple from trou­bled back­grounds reach their full po­ten­tial.

Mr Innes later said he was look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing egg and sol­diers with the MP, who backed out of the Tory lead­er­ship con­test last week.

An auc­tion prize of meet­ing with This Morn­ing hosts Holly Wil­loughby and Phillip Schofield sold for £6,000 af­ter a bid­ding bat­tle broke out between sev­eral guests, while a paint­ing fetched £14,000.

n OH DEAR: Break­fast with Boris John­son was a prize that got no bids at the char­ity auc­tion

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