President Club joint chairman David Meller has resigned his position on the board of the UK government’s Department of Education and as the chairman of the government’s apprenticeship delivery board. Allegations of rampant inappropriate sexual behaviour by attendees at a President Club fundraiser, directed at sexily clad hostesses specially hired for the night, surfaced today in the Dorchester Hotel.
130 “tall, thin and pretty” hostesses were supplied for the event at London’s Dorchester Hotel by Caroline Dandridge of the Artista agency.
“It’s a Marmite job,” Ms Dandridge was reported as saying by FT undercover reporters, referring to the iconic British spread that consumers either love or hate. “Some girls love it, and for other girls it’s the worst job of their life and they will never do it again . . . You just have to put up with the annoying men and if you can do that it’s fine.”
Girls were dressed in sexy black dresses and instructed to wear black underwear. They entered the hotel’s Orchard room in pairs and stood near the all male guests at each table with a brief to keep the lords, oligarchs, and other men of power happy and well supplied with drink.
If the girls had been expected to be mere eye-candy, many of the men in the room appeared to misunderstand this. One girl told an undercover FT reporter she was asked directly if she was a prostitute. Another experienced hostess, 28, claimed she was repeatedly touched on her legs, stomach, hips, and bottom, that one guest tried to force a kiss on her, and another invited her up to a hotel room.
The all-male fundraiser run by the President Club is a 33 year old tradition. In previous years it has been attended by such luminaries as WPP’s Martin Sorrell. Absent this year, the advertising giant was represented instead by chief operating officer Andrew Scott.
Funds raised on the night were collected to support the world famous Great Ormond Street Hospital. According to reports in the Guardian, the hospital has pledged to refuse the President Club donations.