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Home Secretary Priti Patel picks up £3,200 outfit for a policing event

With one of the toughest jobs in politics, Priti Patel can be forgiven for taking some time off for some retail therapy.

But the Home Secretary looked especially pleased with her latest purchase – a £2,300 navy satin shirt dress from luxury womenswear designer Laura Green.

Ms Patel, 49, wore the dress on Wednesday at the dedication ceremony for the new UK Police Memorial in Staffordshire to honour the courage and sacrifice of fallen officers.

Our exclusive picture shows her leaving the designer's pop-up store in Notting Hill in West London the day before the ceremony.

Priti Patel looked pleased with her latest purchase from Laura Green. Our exclusive picture shows her leaving the designer's pop-up store in Notting Hill in West London

Ms Patel, 49, wore the £2,300 shirt dress and a matching navy pillbox hat (pictured) on Wednesday at the dedication ceremony for the new UK Police Memorial in Staffordshire

She paired the flowing dress with a matching navy pillbox hat designed by Jane Taylor Millinery, which is thought to have cost close to £900.

Popular among wealthy fashionistas, Laura Green London employs teams of expert dressmakers to create bespoke pieces for their clients, who include presenters Lucy Verasamy and Charlotte Hawkins, and television personality Georgia Toffolo.

Zara Tindall, the Queen's eldest granddaughter, wore a Laura Green houndstooth coat dress to the Cheltenham Festival last year.

The designer has been operating the pop-up store in the capital for the past three weeks, but normally insists on appointment-only visits to her private London showroom.

On her website, Laura Green states: 'Fashion has the power to uplift and we want our clients to feel unbound to where or when they envision themselves wearing the pieces.'

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