Fancy a chance of dinner with Hugh Grant? Just donate to Lib Dems before Monday evening

We thought they’d done well persuading John Cleese to have dinner with a lucky donor to the party. And it’s a miracle that some of us have any cash left. However, now that payday has arrived, they’ve found another cunning plan to entice us to donate even more. Only dinner with Hugh flipping Grant.

Hot on the heels of his tweet endorsing Danny Alexander the other, he’s now offering to have dinner with the lucky winner drawn from those who donate to the party before Monday night.

What would you ask him? One of my favourite scenes in film ever is the fight scene from Bridget Jones’ Diary when he and Colin Firth slugged it out in a restaurant to “It’s Raining Men”. I’d want to ask him about that after, of course, something worthy about Leveson.

In an email to party members, Grant said he was full of admiration for the way Nick Clegg had stood up to the Tories over Leveson:

I am not a Lib Dem, a Tory a Labourite or anything in particular but I recognise political guts when I see it. And I know Nick Clegg was prepared to stand up to the Tories when they wanted to ignore or water down the Leveson Report. For that he gets a lot of abuse in the Tory press. But he was right to do it. And the manifesto is very clear, not only that Leveson should be delivered, but that it should be done while boosting investigative journalism with more protections.

So I am happy to help make this election a fairer fight.

I can bore to death any lucky winner of this draw on the detail of the Leveson Report and effect of  section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Or we can just talk about me and all my problems.

If you want to take part in this amazing offer, click here.

If, by some strange quirk of nature you aren’t a Grant fan, I feel obliged as Scottish Party Treasurer to bring to your attention that we have a match-funding thing on until midnight tomorrow, and you can donate to that here.

All the money you donate to either cause will be spent in our key seats to help (re)-elect fantastic people like Mike Crockart, Julian Huppert, Jo Swinson, Lynne Featherstone, Norman Baker and Christine Jardine. That’s the important thing.



* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • It isn’t just John Cleese and Hugh Grant making a generous offer.

    Anyone prepared to donate £100 to Adrian Sanders’ campaign can have dinner with me.

    Just follow the link –

    Anyone donating £500 can have breakfast, dinner and tea.

  • Nick Collins 2nd May '15 - 3:26pm

    Why does it require a “strange quirk of nature” not to be a Grant fan?

  • I’d pay money not to have to have dinner with Grant.

  • If you’d rather donate using a cheque, it should be made payable to:
    Torbay Liberal Democrats and posted to 69 Belgrave Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HZ.

    If you donate a really large sum I will follow Nick Clegg’s example and “Step up to the plate… .. . In a plucky way”.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 2nd May '15 - 7:30pm

    You do make me laugh, Mr Tilley. Mr Sanders is, of course, a very worthy recipient of your money:)

  • Sara Scarlett 3rd May '15 - 10:09am

    This is actually disgusting.

    A rich and powerful man. One of the most privileged individuals on the face of the Earth, is rewarding the so-called “Liberal” party for supporting the illiberal measures he and his powerful friends lobbied for. This is oligarchy.

  • Caron Lindsay 2nd May ’15 – 7:30pm
    You do make me laugh, Mr Tilley. Mr Sanders is, of course, a very worthy recipient of your money:)

    Caron, you would of course be welcome to dinner any time!
    We could disagree with each other over all three courses and reach a consensus over coffee. 🙂

  • Mark Smulian 3rd May '15 - 1:34pm

    Hugh Grant is taking a considerable risk to help raise funds.
    He may of course end up having dinner with an admiring fan. But what if he gets someone who wishes to spend the evening discussing nothing but site value rating, whether d’Hondt is the optimum election counting method or the niceties of their last parish council by-election.

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