Friday, March 2, 2007

The Bullingdon stable door

Malcolm sees that, by yet another of those coincidences that isn't:
News media have been told to stop showing a photo of David Cameron with fellow Oxford dining club members.

The image of the Tory leader shows him in about 1986 dressed in the uniform of the elite Bullingdon Club.

The photographers who own the copyright have now withdrawn the photo, BBC Newsnight has learned.

That's the BBC news website.

The photograph appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 13th February, over a dissection by Ben Fenton. As of this posting, photograph and article were still available on the Telegraph website. The nature of the blogosphere means they are in the wild, on the loose, and not going away.

However, just in case, here goes:
1. Sebastian Grigg, 41

• Son of Anthony Ulrick David Dundas Grigg, 3rd Baron Altrincham, and Eliane de Cassagne de Beaufort.

• Educated at Eton and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied modern history. Studied for an MBA at the Insead business school in France and joined Lazards investment bank before joining Goldman Sachs.

• Married Rachel Kelly, a journalist, in 1993 and they have five children.

2. David Cameron, 40

• Educated at Eton and Brasenose College Oxford, where he gained a first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

• Worked at the Conservative Research Department and at the Treasury and Home Office before spending seven years as Head of Corporate Communications at Carlton Television.

• He was elected as Conservative MP for Witney in Oxfordshire in 2001 and became party leader in 2005.

• Married Samantha in 1996 and they live in Notting Hill, West London with their three children.

3. Ralph Perry-Robinson, 40

• Educated at Bryanston in Dorset and Oriel College, Oxford.

• He had a role as a teenager in the film Another Country.

• At Oxford he was renowned, not just for the strange sunglasses, but also for slashing the cork from a champagne bottle with a sword and running around a quad dressed as a monk.

• He is an architect and furniture designer and lives in Wiltshire.

• Married Amanda in 1999 and they have two daughters.

4. Ewen Fergusson, 41

• Son of Scottish rugby player and diplomat Sir Ewen Fergusson.

• Educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied modern history.

• Is said to have been responsible for throwing a plant pot through a restaurant window the night after this photograph was taken.

• He is a partner in the banking and finance division of the City law firm Herbert Smith.

• Lives in Kensington, west London.

5. Matthew Benson, 40

• Grandson of the Earl of Wemyss and March.

• Educated at Eton and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied modern history.

• Spent three years in international finance with Morgan Stanley and later established a consultancy business. Now works for Scottish property agents Rettie & Co.

• He lives in central Edinburgh with his wife Lulu, and they have three children aged six, eight and 15.

6. Sebastian James, 40

• Son of Lord Northbourne, a Kentish landowner.

• Educated at Eton School and Magdalen College, Oxford

• He is described by friends as an "entrepreneur" who was involved in running a chain of DVD shops called Silverscreen.

• Lives with his wife, Anna in Notting Hill, west London, and Deal, Kent, and they have two daughters.

7. Jonathan Ford, 41

• Bullingdon club president.

• Educated at Westminster and Magdalen College, Oxford where he studied modern history.

• Worked for investment bank Morgan Grenfell before joining the Evening Standard as a financial reporter and then moving to the Financial Times.

• He is a co-founder and deputy editor of the financial website

• Married journalist Susannah Herbert in 1999 and they live in Holland Park, west London.

8. Boris Johnson, 42

• Educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford where he studied classics and became President of the Union.

• Went on to become a journalist and editor of the Spectator.

• Was elected Conservative MP for Henley in 2001 and is shadow minister for higher education.

• Marriage to Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987 lasted less than a year. He later married Marina Wheeler, a barrister, in 1993, and they have four children.

9. Harry Eastwood, 39

• Educated at Eton and Oxford.

• Worked for Storehouse before setting up Filmbox which aimed to rent videos through vending machines. In 2001 he joined Will Macdonald, an old Oxford friend, to set up TV production company Monkey Kingdom. He is also director of a film production company with Lord Wahid Alli and Rupert Murdoch's daughter, Elisabeth.

• Married Gillian in 1998 and they live in Holland Park, west London.

10. Marc Rowlands, 39

• Educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College Oxford.

• Works as a barrister in London specialising in construction and engineering.

• Married Amanda, a former solicitor, in 1995 and they have four children aged between nine and five.

• Lives in Bath, Somerset and West London.

• Was spotted lunching with golfer Colin Montgomerie's wife before her divorce, although the two denied having an affair.

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