Uber, But For Brexit

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Isabel Oakeshott’s write up of working the room with Arron Banks at the White House Correspondents Dinner is filled with nuggets. She reveals the Uber app comms chief Rachel Whetstone is backing Brexit:

“Hovering at entrance to the 30,000-square-foot ballroom, we are surprised to bump into David Cameron’s former policy chief Steve Hilton, now US-based. He greets us exuberantly but his wife Rachel Whetstone looks like she’s swallowed a fly. She warms up when Hoey gets her talking about Brexit, saying she supports Out and wishes she could do more for the cause. Hilton keeps his powder dry but I know he was deeply unimpressed by Obama’s intervention in the debate.”

Whetstone’s grandfather Antony Fisher founded the IEA and the ASI. She is also of course married to Steve Hilton and is one of the PM’s closest friends…

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Cameron’s Uber Pals Square Up Against Boris

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Boris Johnson’s announcement last week that he would like to reduce the number of private hire vehicles on London’s roads have paved the way for new Uber hire Rachel Whetstone to mark her territory. Boris’ thinly-veiled attack on private car hire app Uber has sent the company’s increasingly effective communications department into overdrive. A letter challenging Boris to a debate from Jo Bertram, the head of Uber’s business in the UK, was conveniently leaked to the FT this morning.

Whetstone, the wife of former Cameron Guru Steve Hilton was brought in by Uber as their communications chief to deal with these sort of situations and will be orchestrating Uber UK’s fight back against Boris. Let the lobbying commence…

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Uber Poach Rachel Whetsone

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Uber have lured Rachel Whetstone away from her position as SVP of communications and public policy for Google, to take on the same position with the private car hire company. Whetstone who is married to Dave’s former guru Steve Hilton, has close links to the Camerons and despite being in charge of Uber’s global comms, will no doubt prove invaluable to Uber’s operation in the largest taxi market in the world – London.

Uber is facing legislative challenges on an almost daily basis as politicians fight to protect the vested interests of cabbie unions – last month they even found themselves banned completely in Portugal. Let’s hope Uber UK are in for an easy ride…

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