Andrew Feldman, Baron Feldman of Elstree

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The Lord Feldman of Elstree
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 May 2010
Serving with Grant Shapps
Serving with Baroness Warsi (2010–12)
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Eric Pickles
Personal details
Born (1966-02-25) 25 February 1966 (age 48)
London
Spouse(s) Gabrielle Gourgey
Children 3
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford
Religion Judaism

Andrew Simon Feldman, Baron Feldman of Elstree (born 25 February 1966),[1] is a British barrister, businessman and Conservative fundraiser and politician.

The Financial Times described Feldman as "David Cameron's oldest political friend" since their days together at Brasenose College, Oxford.[2] Feldman was responsible for fundraising David Cameron's successful Tory leadership campaign in 2005.

He was created a life peer by David Cameron in 2010, and since then has been Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in London to Malcolm and Marcia Feldman.[3]

He married Gabrielle Gourgey in 1999; they have two sons and one daughter. They live in a "£3 million townhouse in Holland Park, just round the corner from David Cameron's pre-Downing Street family home in Notting Hill." [4]

Feldman was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree, and then Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was awarded a first-class degree in Jurisprudence. He went on to the Inns of Court School of Law.

Whilst at Oxford, he played for the Brasenose College tennis team, where he became friends with David Cameron and Guy Spier.[5] Feldman and Cameron together helped organise the college's May Ball together in their second year. Feldman was chairman of the Ball committee, while Cameron booked the entertainment. Feldman has since remained a close confidant of Cameron's and the pair still play tennis together. They eventually became part of what was to be called the Notting Hill set.[6]

Business career[edit]

Feldman worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co before being called to the bar in 1991 and working as a commercial barrister at 1 Essex Court until 1995.

He subsequently worked for the family fashion firm, Jayroma (London) Ltd, serving as Managing Director and later Chief Executive.

He has donated to the Conservative Party through his company Jayroma the following amounts: £8,500 in 2008, £30,000 in 2009, £17,200 in 2010, £13,000 in 2011, £8,690 in 2012.[7]

David Cameron Leadership campaign[edit]

With the encouragement and financial backing from Philip Harris, Baron Harris of Peckham, Feldman ran the operations and fundraising for David Cameron's 2005 leadership bid for the Conservative party.[8]

Feldman himself gave £10,000 to Cameron's campaign from his family clothing company Jayroma and secured tens of thousands more from other business backers.

Chief Executive of the Conservative Party[edit]

After the successful leadership election, Feldman was appointed by Cameron as chief fundraiser and Conservative deputy treasurer (chairman of the Tory Party's Leaders' Club), whose role was to attract wealthy donors by inviting businessmen to pay £50,000 to meet Cameron for lunch and be kept up to date with policy developments.[6]

In July 2008 David Cameron promoted Feldman to Chief Executive of the Conservative Campaign Headquarters, a key role in preparing the Tories for the 2010 general election.

In October 2008, Feldman was embroiled in the "Yachtgate" scandal with George Osborne. Both he and Shadow Chancellor Osborne were guests on billionaire Oleg Deripaska's yacht off Corfu when Osborne was accused of soliciting a £50,000 donation to the party, which would have been a violation of the law against political donations by foreign citizens. This was when Feldman was Cameron's chief fundraiser. Both denied they had discussed soliciting donations from Deripaska contrary to the claim made at the time by Nathaniel Philip Rothschild who organised the party event.[9]

Chairman of the Conservative Party[edit]

After the Conservatives entered government with the Liberal Democrats on 11 May 2010, Cameron appointed Feldman as the Co-Chairman of the party with Sayeeda Warsi.[10][11] Feldman was also given his own office in Downing Street, a privilege never bestowed before on a party chairman. One of his jobs is to strengthen the voluntary party and to increase membership.[11]

On 17 December 2010 Feldman was created a life peer as Baron Feldman of Elstree, of Elstree in the County of Hertfordshire;[12] he was introduced in the House of Lords, where he sits as a Conservative, on 20 December 2010.[13]

In 2012, Feldman helped Cameron prepare for the Leveson Inquiry by roleplaying the lead counsel of the inquiry Robert Jay QC.

Relations with the Voluntary Party[edit]

Feldman was severely criticised by one of his Conservative councillors, Catherine Faulks. for failing to vote for her in the 2011 by-election for the Norland ward in Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. Feldman's claimed at the time that he was prohibited from voting as a member of the House of Lords, although this a misunderstanding.[14]

In May 2013, Feldman was widely attributed with making a claim that Conservative parliamentary rebellions on a referendum on European Union membership and same sex marriage were due to Conservative Associations being "all mad, swivel-eyed loons" a claim that he has denied.[15] The alleged words were claimed to have been said on the evening of Wednesday 15 May[16] during a Conservative Friends of Pakistan event held in St James's, central London.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan Campbell and Ian Traynor (1 April 2006). "Fashion tycoon and tennis partner charged with keeping new Tories afloat". London: The Guardian. 
  2. ^ David Cameron: the verdict so far, March 8, 2012, Financial Times, George Parker
  3. ^ "FELDMAN OF ELSTREE", Who's Who, online edition, 2013, A & C Black. Accessed 27 May 2013.
  4. ^ Watts, Robert (2013-05-18). "Lord Feldman: the Tory party's little-known chairman". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  5. ^ Andrew Pierce (2010-10-11). "Is Dave going to make his best pal a lord?". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Cameron's fundraiser Andrew Feldman: The other Tory on Deripaska's yacht | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  7. ^ Lord Feldman faces new row over corporation tax. Conservative chairman in row over news his company Jayroma made large donations to party but paid no corporation tax.
  8. ^ "Andrew Feldman denies calling Tory activists 'swivel-eyed loons' » Spectator Blogs". Blogs.spectator.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  9. ^ "UK | UK Politics | Full text: Letter and Tory rebuttal". BBC News. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  10. ^ Jon Swaine and Holly Watt (6 February 2010). "Andrew Feldman: The David Cameron aide with Macedonian connections". London: The Telegraph. 
  11. ^ a b "Official biography on the Conservative Party web site". Conservatives.com. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  12. ^ London Gazette no. 59641. p. 24505
  13. ^ "House of Lords Minute of Proceedings of Monday, 20 December 2010". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  14. ^ Lord Feldman’s failure to vote leaves Faulks furious. A Conservative councillor, Catherine Faulks, has criticised Lord Feldman, the party's co-chairman, for failing to vote for her in a local election.
  15. ^ Tory chair Andrew Feldman: I did not make 'swivel-eyed loons' remark, The Guardian, 18 May 2013
  16. ^ Simon Walters (2013-05-18). "Now new claims suggest CAMERON used 'swivel-eyed loons' jibe to deride Euro rebels as Tory chairman denies using the insult | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  17. ^ Brady, Brian; Merrick, Jane (2013-05-19). "'Swivel-gate': David Cameron goes to war with the press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur - UK Politics - UK". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Eric Pickles
Chairman of the Conservative Party
2010–present
with The Baroness Warsi (2010–2012)
Grant Shapps (2012–present)
Incumbent