With 103 ‘business leaders’ signing up to a co-ordinated attack on Labour in the Telegraph, Scrapbook detects the hand of the prime minister’s wife, a consultant to £4,500 crocodile iPad case manufacturers, Smythson.
The letter — which claims that Labour would “threaten jobs and deter investment” — has a conspicuously high number of signatories linked to high-end fashion, design and luxury goods. Sam Cam would boast a formidable contact book in these sectors, not only through her role with Smythson — but as ‘fashion ambassador’ and host of an annual London Fashion Week bash at Number 10.
- Mark Esiri, Old Etonian private equity exec — and Sam Cam’s boss at Smythson
- Anya Hindmarsh, luxury handbag designer
- Robert Bensoussan, sometime Jimmy Choo and LK Bennett boss
- John Ayton MBE and Annoushka Ducas MBE, husband and wife founders of jewellery firm Links of London
- Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company, mentors young girls alongside Sam Cam
- Neil Clifford, boss of Kurt Geiger
- Ray Kelvin OBE, founder of Ted Baker
- Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of lifestyle and fashion publisher Conde Nast
- Jenny Halpern Prince, fashion PR and another Number 10 Fashion Week guest
- Sir Philip Green, tax avoider and chairman of Topshop owner Arcadia
- Wendy Hallett, high street fashion entrepreneur, formerly of Arcadia
- Julian Granville, managing director of Boden
- Nick Robertson, co-founder of ASOS
- Steven Cohen, CEO of Blue Inc
Is this really all just a coincidence?
As The Media Blog remarks:
“Throughout the list there are people with all sorts of personal ties to the Camerons and senior party members, with personal as well as business reasons why they would want Cameron to be successful – from family friends to people who holiday with the Camerons, to party donors, to government contractors and advisers.
“Although the list stretches the definition of “business leaders” in some places there’s no denying many are successful business figures and major UK employers but they are also rich Tory supporters declaring their entirely predictable support for a rich Tory government.
Visiting UKIP-held Rochester, today was indeed Samantha Cameron’s first involvement in the 2015 Tory campaign — but probably in more ways than immediately apparent.