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Only in recent months, according to mutual friends, have relations ‘thawed’, allowing Ms Whetstone to edge back into the Cameron clique.
Other members of the Chipping Norton Set include socialite Emily Oppenheimer Turner, who has lent the Brookses her family home in St Tropez, Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone, Blur bassist Alex James and millionaire property developer Tony Gallagher (no relation to the Daily Telegraph editor of the same name), who bought his 17th Century estate near Chipping Norton from multi-millionaire Tory defector turned Labour Minister Sean Woodward.
Despite rumours that he was also hunting for a house in Oxfordshire, Mr Coulson and his wife and family remained in South London – giving Mr Hilton valuable weekend access to the party leader.
The group go to the same house parties, dine together and even ride together.It is Steve Hilton, Mr Cameron’s controversial, shaven-headed political guru.He and his formidable wife, Google communications chief Rachel Whetstone, who used to run ex-Tory leader Michael Howard’s office and was once a central part of the Camerons’ social network, bought a £2 million barn conversion close to Burford four years ago. Until Mr Coulson’s downfall, he and Mr Hilton were rivals for Mr Cameron’s ear, with the pair frequently clashing over policy and strategy.He shared the warning with other members of Mr Cameron’s inner circle, but it didn’t stop Mr Coulson following Mr Cameron into Downing Street three months later.Eight years ago, Ms Whetstone’s friendship with Mr Cameron soured after she became close to Viscount Astor – to Samantha’s fury.
Their on-stage relationship is so believable one critic described them as having ‘fizzy chemistry’Wandering round Spitalfields market, they kept stopping to kiss as they explored the shops.