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The Bullingdon Club is an exclusive but unofficial all-male students' dining club based in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is noted for its wealthy members, grand banquets and boisterous rituals, such as the vandalising ('trashing') of restaurants and college rooms.


The Bullingdon was originally a sporting club, dedicated to cricket and horse-racing, although club dinners gradually became its principal activity. Membership in the club is expensive, with tailor-made uniforms, regular gourmet hospitality, and a tradition of on-the-spot payment for damages.


The club has attracted controversy, due to former members now being part of the UK political establishment. These include the current Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.


The University of Oxford extends no official recognition to the club, and many local restaurants refuse to host its events. It is regularly featured in fiction and drama, sometimes under its own name, and sometimes easily recognisable under another (as in the 2014 film The Riot Club).

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As a consequence, the Tories had to reinvent themselves, but leader after leader failed to reduce the level of toxicity, from the boyish William Hague to the eccentric but wooden Iain Duncan Smith, until a young David Cameron used his bonhomie to mask the Bullingdon Club ethos that lay behind his ...
The Bullingdon Club, which is thought to have reached peak membership in 2011 and whose members we used to know by name (partly because they would do ridiculously conspicuous things, such as set off fireworks inside a busy nightclub and burn £50 notes in front of beggars) no longer has enough ...

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Gary Younge does an exhaustive demolition job on the foreign secretary (Boris Johnson's white privilege: imagine he was a black woman, 2 March), but I think he lets off very lightly the institution that produces such a narrow-minded, incompetent elite. It is the private boarding school that produces the ...
Founded 200 years ago as a sports club at Oxford University, the Bullingdon Club has transformed itself into a society for Tory toffs to trough out on gourmet meals before trashing venues. It's booze fuelled banquets often end with members vandalising restaurants and students' rooms - before coughing up ...

This week, Oxford's new students will decide which clubs they want to be part of for their first term at the university. And for anyone interested in joining the Bullingdon Club, Oxford's most notorious and exclusive society, Cherwell has obtained a copy of their secret letter of instruction sent out to one of a ...
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... tubes up its nose and the glazed look of a Vietnam vet in its eyes, occasionally mumbling about the Bullingdon Club to no one in particular.
... once talked of exercising their right to rule have long since shown in the case of the Bullingdon Club that they can take over by due process.
'His inner toff is coming to the fore now he is out of office,' says an associate who speculates whether the old Bullingdon Club photographs will ...
It's the Chipping Norton set and the Bullingdon Club. It's the cynical social experiment in austerity for the poor and welfare for the rich as masterminded by ...
Wayne can grow as rich as Croesus but he will never step across the threshold of the boardroom or the Bullingdon Club. Granted, this level of ...
It's not like comedy's Bullingdon Club or anything. It can at least claim to be meritocratic in principle. With the Footlights, you turn up and in the ...
... group of privileged young men as they progress from public school to Oxford and a fictional Bullingdon Club, and end up running the country.
The historically awful Bullingdon Club just got kicked out of Christ Church college, and it could well spell the end for the dwindling drinking ...
David Cameron and Boris Johnson, front centre, in Rona Marsden's painting Class of '87. Photograph: Mallams/Lucas Field Media.

David Cameron and Boris Johnson, alumni of the notorious Bullingdon Club, ended up running the country, so perhaps exclusive cliques are a ...
Now the riotous story of Oxford student dining club, a fictionalised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club, will be reinvented for the first time by a company of all-female actors.
They should have time to play sports, put on shows, debate and campaign, volunteer, visit new places, fall in love and write poetry.
Just imagine if we'd known about Boris Johnson's past in the Bullingdon Club, smashed windows, debaggings and all, from his campaign leaflets?
Oxford's Bullingdon Club "is down to its last two members", laments Harry Mount, a former Buller, in The Spectator, "barely enough people to trash each other's bedrooms, let alone a whole restaurant, as the Bullingdon was wont to do".
Lee was talking about the Bullingdon Club stuff and that sparked it off, I didn't feel compelled to comment on something, it was just one conversation that sparked my imagination.
The play, whose original cast featured actors Kit Harrington and James Norton, follows a fictionalised version of the Bullingdon Club, a notorious Oxford student dining society. A film version, The Riot Club, was released in 2014 starring Freddie Fox ...
The raciest anecdote from her time at Oxford has May walking along the top of a wall "slightly merry"; a very different world to the alcohol-fuelled debauches of the Bullingdon Club dinners frequented by her predecessor as prime minister and her ...
Our very own Pitt Club and the Bullingdon Club in Oxford have been immortalised as the clubs to join if you want to make it in the political scene.
Despite Corbyn currently carrying a narrow appeal, the public has been crying out for a politician who isn't part of the Bullingdon Club or Etonian alumni elite. Someone who stands up for their principles and isn't a media lap dog. But, those very ...
Thanks to the snout who showed me pictures of Jo "Brother of" Johnson after a visit to Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, fast asleep on the train home to Euston at 3.20 in the afternoon.
The infamous Bullingdon Club, whose alumni includes ex-Prime Minister David Cameron, occupies several column inches annually with stories of its members and their heinous behaviour.
On this week's podcast, we discuss what the end of Isis means for a fragile Middle East, debate whether John Bercow should be packing his bags, and ask if the days of the Bullingdon Club have finally ended. First, the attempt by ISIS to establish a ...
Burning money in front of homeless people is thought to be part of the initiation ceremony for the secretive Bullingdon Club, an elite Oxford University society which boasts former Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson among ...
Burning money in front of homeless people is claimed to be part of the initiation ceremony for the secretive Bullingdon Club, an elite Oxford University society which boasts former Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson among ...
Burning money in front of homeless people is claimed to be part of the initiation ceremony for the secretive Bullingdon Club, an elite Oxford University society which boasts former Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson among ...
I am told that when those two old Bullingdon Club playmates met on neutral ground after the referendum, the foreign secretary said to David Cameron: "I ****** up, didn't I?" Given his popularity at the time, Boris Johnson might well have swung the ...
Take a peek at the infamous Bullingdon Club photo which stalked the former Prime Minister throughout his political career, and you'll see James's cherubic face staring back at you from the front row.
Take David Cameron's relationship with his own Biden: Boris Johnson, both of whom have a Machiavellian reputation that they've cultivated through Eton, Oxford, the Bullingdon Club - the most reprehensible anecdote for British elitism - straight into ...
Too liberal by half, living a gilded lifestyle in the Cotswolds and a member of the Bullingdon Club - bunch of toffs at Oxford University - has dictated that he won't be missed too much.
A good date for that in Britain may turn out to have been May 2015, when George Osborne (St Paul's, Oxford and the Bullingdon Club) became first secretary of state as well as chancellor of the exchequer. Because since then, a gale of change has been ...
Osborne was educated at St Paul's and a member of the notorious Bullingdon Club at Oxford. In 2001, and aged 30, he became the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons.
When Cameron, Osborne and Boris Johnson were snapped after their speeches enjoying a rowdy pizza and Swiss plonk together at the cheap Alte Post restaurant, it certainly wasn't a Bullingdon Club reunion, as some media mocked. The Bullingdon may ...
While Obama and Joe Biden were giving the bros of the world the ultimate BFF inspiration, finger guns and all, British politicians we thought were Bullingdon club buddies were stabbing each other in the back in an attempt to seemingly fight over a job ...
... awkward questions - have mostly been replaced by fictionalised sketches. Gone are the days when Twottington-Burbage asked David Cameron to sign a Bullingdon Club anthology - presumably because the comedy duo have become too recognisable.
This, then, is the pinnacle of competition - the 25th season of the Premier League, a paean to the Bullingdon club of the game, catapulted to stratospheric heights by the influx of spangled coaches and players, the productisation of a league and the ...
There was a third place for the public speaking team of main speaker Tabitha Anthony, chairman Isabell Earnshaw and vote of thanks Emily Curnock - their chosen topic was the boisterous Bullingdon Club. Jacob Anthony, chairman of Bridgend YFC, gained ...
The musical centred around Boris and two key figures in his life: David Cameron and Michael Gove. It charts his first meeting with Cameron at Eton and their time in the Bullingdon club together. His short career as a journalist, a quick flash over his ...
A PAINTING depicting political elites as they pose at an Oxford University dinner is set to fetch thousands at auction. The famous Bullingdon Club 'class of 87' portrait starring David Cameron and Boris Johnson will be auctioned off by Mallams next ...
After, he would pass the Bullingdon Club en route to his next destination. This inequality did not seem fair, he remembers thinking.
A painting of posh, privileged members of the Bullingdon Club, which was commissioned to get around copyright law, is to appear at auction.
Call it football's Bullingdon club. Tottenham have had a glimpse at the marvels inside the club - not just at the glorious gilded halls and exquisite architecture, but also at the idea of belonging to an exclusive community.
Disco Ma Non Troppo made a triumphant return to form last Friday at the Bullingdon. The Bullingdon Club is one of the oldest nightclubs in the world, with a selective membership policy.


 

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