Boris Johnson got to unwind with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds last night as he celebrated his historic election victory alongside A-list celebrities including Mick Jagger, Princess Beatrice and his old friend David Cameron.
The Prime Minister, 55, walked side by side with his 31-year-old girlfriend as he arrived at a private London residence for a Christmas party held by Russian tycoon and owner of the Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev.
Wearing the same suit he was seen in while addressing the country from the steps of 10 Downing Street, Mr Johnson was joined by a host of other famous faces including Sir Bob Geldof, David Hasselhoff and Jemima Goldsmith.
Speaking yesterday after accepting the Queen's invitation to form a government, the PM said it was time to bring 'closure' to the three-and-a-half years of toxic argument over Britain’s departure from the European Union and repeated his pledge to 'get Brexit done'.
Despite last night's celebrations he appeared fresh faced this morning as he appeared in Tony Blair's old constituency of Sedgefield today to thank former Labour voters who had backed the Tories and helped secure a landslide victory.
Mr Johnson told the audience at a cricket club: 'I want the people of the North East to know that we in the Conservative Party and I will repay your trust - and everything that we do, everything that I do as your Prime Minister, will be devoted to repaying that trust.'
The influence exerted on the prime minister by his partner, Carrie Symonds, will be explored in court after permission was granted last week for a judicial review into how the government came to pull a cull on badgers in Derbyshire.
The case could embarrass Boris Johnson and raise questions about the government’s willingness to listen to its advisers when formulating policy.
Symonds, a passionate animal rights defender and a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, has, along with environment minister Zac Goldsmith, been a staunch critic of the cull that is operating in 10 counties.
Last autumn the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, ordered Natural England to scrap a cull in Derbyshire, where badgers are being vaccinated against TB, a decision warmly endorsed by Symonds and Goldsmith. The decision came three weeks after Symonds was briefed by Dominic Dyer, head of the Badger Trust, which opposes the cull.
The farmers union, the NFU, believes this meeting played a key role in the government ignoring scientific advice in favour of retaining the cull and sought a judicial review to determine how the decision was reached.