“…application forms on the Tory Party website make it clear that business leaders prepared to spend £1,000-a-head can guarantee that they dine with at least one serving government minister.
The platinum tables are guaranteed to be “prominently positioned” near the top table, where Mr Osborne is expected to sit, and the diners will also get access to the VIP Lounge at the party conference and reserved seats in the main hall for Mr Cameron’s table.
Because the fee for a seat is below the legal limit for declaring donations, the identity of guests does not have to be made public.
In 2006, Mr Cameron pledged to clean up politics, proposing new party funding rules to remove “the impression, now deep in the public mind, that influence, access and honours can be bought by wealthy institutions . . . and individuals”.
When Mr Cameron took office in May, he promised a “new politics” that would restore public trust. During the campaign, he promised to reform party funding to “clean up our messy politics”