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Andrew Feldman: The David Cameron aide with Macedonian connections February 8, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia.
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Andrew Feldman has been a David Cameron confidant for a quarter of a century.

While Mr Cameron headed to the Conservative Research Department after graduation, Mr Feldman went on to the Inns of Court School of Law and qualified as a barrister.

In 1995, aged 29, Mr Feldman was made chief executive of Jayroma, the family clothing business. He and his wife live near the Camerons in west London.

After Mr Feldman took control, Jayroma forged a partnership with Orka, a Macedonian company that made and sold clothes. It began supplying Jayroma. While Mr Cameron was being elected MP for Witney in 2001, Mr Feldman’s link with Orka — and Jordan Kamcev, its flamboyant owner — was strengthening.

In September 2003, Mr Feldman took Mr Cameron, then the shadow deputy Commons leader, on a trip to Skopje. Orka obtained tickets to the Macedonia-England football match for the pair, and paid their bill at the Aleksandar Palace hotel, where the England team was also staying.

Later it emerged that Mr Kamcev was under investigation for alleged tax fraud. He has subsequently been cleared.

By then Mr Feldman was managing finances for Mr Cameron’s successful campaign for the Conservative leadership. Jayroma gave £10,000.

He was rewarded with the chairmanship of the Leader’s Club, a controversial society where for £50,000, donors get access to Mr Cameron.

In 2008 Mr Feldman was promoted to chief executive of the Conservative Party, and widely tipped for a peerage under a Cameron government.

That August, Mr Feldman was with George Osborne in Corfu when a potential donation to the Tories from Oleg Deripaska, a Russian tycoon, was discussed. Donations from foreign nationals such as Deripaska are illegal.

Mr Feldman allegedly suggested that the tycoon could channel funds through his British company.

Thanks to the presence of the future chancellor of the exchequer, Mr Feldman’s involvement was largely forgotten in the ensuing storm.

It was a fortunate escape from the limelight for Mr Feldman, who impersonates Elvis Presley in his spare time. But his latest business venture may turn out to be a high-profile heartbreak hotel.

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