A game of tennis with David Cameron and Boris Johnson has been sold off by the Conservative party for £160,000 to the banker wife of a former minister in Vladimir Putin's government.
The extraordinary prize was the star lot at the Conservative party's summer fundraising ball on Wednesday at the Hurlingham Club, Fulham, west London, and was billed as giving the successful bidder the chance to play "the ultimate tennis match". The auction winner was Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of Vladimir Chernukhin, who was Russia's deputy finance minister during Putin's first term in office.
She is a banker, and according to Electoral Commission records had once been declared an "impermissible donor" in April 2012 when she attempted to give £10,000 to the party. However, since then Lubov Chernukhin – who is British – has made a further three donations worth a total of £5,500, which have all been accepted.