'As the great and good of the Tory Party gather next month for one of the most important lunches in their parliamentary calendar, the familiar silver-haired figure of Lord Polak will be masterminding proceedings.
The 700-strong guest list for the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) lunch at the Park Plaza Hotel in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament includes Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
In a testament to smooth-talking Polak’s networking skills, Theresa May was guest speaker last year, while the previous year David Cameron gave the main address.
Next month’s speaker has not yet been announced but it had been widely thought to be Priti Patel – until this week when the controversy over the international development secretary’s trip to Israel in August blew up.'
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