True blue Tories celebrate at treasurer's birthday bash

This Is Wiltshire: Tory Party treasurer Lord Marland with David and Samantha Cameron and Lady Marland at Lord Marland's 50th birthday party at Odstock Manor last Saturday. DB0928P507 Tory Party treasurer Lord Marland with David and Samantha Cameron and Lady Marland at Lord Marland's 50th birthday party at Odstock Manor last Saturday. DB0928P507

TORY leader David Cameron opted for traditional Conservative blue rather than the requested "cricket whites" when he attended a 50th birthday party thrown by Lord Marland on Saturday at his Odstock home.

Lord Marland of Odstock, the Conservative Party treasurer who became a life peer earlier this year, asked male guests to wear cricket whites and the women "dazzling dresses".

While Mr Cameron chose to wear a casual open-necked blue shirt, former Tory leader Michael Howard followed the dress code even down to a cricket sweater.

The pair were among dozens of well-known faces who attended the bash in a marquee in the grounds of Odstock Manor. Others there included Oscar-winning screen writer Julian Fellowes.

With a background in business, Lord Marland is chairman of Janspeed Ltd, chairman of the Harnham Water Meadows Trust and also of the Grainfarmers' Pension Fund.

He is a founding board member of Jardine Lloyd Thompson and founded Herriott Ltd, Odstock Properties and Jubilee (Insurance) Ltd. He is also chairman and founder of the Sport Nexus and is a director of C Change - the think-tank Conservatives for Change.

He is married to Penny, a probation officer, and they have four children.

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