Schiffer among PM’s Chequers guests

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Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has dined with David Cameron at the Prime Minister’s official country residence, official records show.

The German beauty and her English movie producer husband Matthew Vaughn were invited to a Chequers gathering as guests of US ambassador Matthew Barzun.

Their names are on a roll call released by Number 10 of political, diplomatic, military and business leaders to visit the Buckinghamshire mansion in the first quarter of the year.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte paid a visit as the PM continued efforts to secure allies in his EU reform effort.

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland, ex-MI5 chief Baroness Manningham-Buller, the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt and the head of the UK’s armed forces General Sir Nicholas Houghton and the other service chiefs were also guests.

The Prime Minister was sufficiently impressed by gifts of a £150 watch from Interpol and a £279 pair of shoes from designer outfit Oliver Sweeney – though they will together have cost him only £149.

Ministers are allowed to keep “small value” gifts – defined as any worth up to £140 – with that sum being discounted from any more expensive items they wish to hold on to personally.

Film director Richard Curtis – whose movie Love Actually featured Hugh Grant as prime minister – met Mr Cameron in March.

Rather than offering tips on how to dance around Number 10 or stand up to the USA, as Grant’s character did, the talks focused on Curtis’s campaigning on international development, according to the official disclosure.

In the first three months of the year Michael Gove registered more than £1,300 worth of gifted opera tickets, the data release revealed.

Property and petrol station tycoon Gerald Ronson donated tickets worth £462.80, Ken Costa former investment banker and chairman of the Christian Alpha International £476 and English National Opera chairman Martyn Rose £394.

Mr Gove, then education secretary – Chief Whip since the reshuffle – was also the recipient of football tickets worth £500 from Access Industries.

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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