By politics.co.uk staff
The Tory party was on the back foot today after media accusations of 'cash-for-access' followed a dinner event tabled for its party conference.
Seats were available for £500 a seat at the cash-raising dinner, with each table being hosted by a "prominent Conservative MP".
But those paying £1000 were guaranteed to eat beside a government minister.
The Telegraph reported that George Osborne was to be the guest of honour at the event, which was scheduled to take place during the party's autumn conference in Birmingham in October.
"Under the current system, events to raise money are vital to pay for the running of the party, as they always have been for all political parties," a Tory party spokesperson said.