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Andrew Feldman, Baron Feldman of Elstree

The Right Honourable
The Lord Feldman of Elstree
Minister without Portfolio
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Assumed office
11 May 2010
Serving with The Baroness Warsi, Grant Shapps
Preceded by Eric Pickles
Leader David Cameron
Personal details
Born (1966-02-25) 25 February 1966
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Gabrielle Gourgey
Children 3
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford
Profession Barrister
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 Chairman of the Conservative Party, first as Co-Chairman alongside Sayeeda Warsi and then Grant Shapps between 2010 and 2015, then on his own as sole Chairman from May 2015.

Early life and family

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 The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, an independent school in Elstree in Hertfordshire, followed by Brasenose College at the University of 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 Notting Hill set.[6]

Business career

Feldman worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co before being called to the bar in 1991 and working as a commercial barrister at One 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

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

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 [9]

Chairman of the Conservative Party

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.

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]


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  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.
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  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.
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  12. ^ London Gazette no. 59641. p. 24505
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  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
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