30 Important Facts About Former Prime Minister Of United Kingdom – David Cameron


David William Donald Cameron is the British politician, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016 and is identified as a One-Nation Conservative. Here are 30 facts to know about him:

  1. Cameron was the leader of Conservative Party and advocates ‘Tory Democracy’ or ‘One-nation conservatism.’
  2. He was born on October 09, 1966 in Marylebone, London, England and raised in Peasemore, Berkshire.
  3. His father Ian Donald Cameron was a stockbroker and his mother Mary Fleur is a retired Justice of Peace. He has a brother Alexander Cameron and two sisters Tania Rachel and Clair Louise.
  4. He is from ‘upper-upper-middle class,’ and had a privileged education at ‘Heatherdown School in Winkfield, Berkshire. He entered ‘Eton College,’ Berkshire at the age of thirteen.
  5. In May 1983, Cameron was named as having smoked cannabis few weeks before taking his O-Level Examination. He was fined and prevented from leaving school ground apart from task of copying 500 lines of Latin text.
  6. In 1984 after graduating from ‘Eton Collage,’ he was involved in various activities of his interest like attending a debate in the House of Commons and taking a trip to Soviet Union. He was even employed as a researcher and ship jumper.
  7. In October 1985 he began his Bachelor of Arts course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at ‘Brasenose College, Oxford. He was offered a scholarship after clearing entrance exam.
  8. After graduating from Brasenose, he worked in the Conservative Research Department for five years till 1993. He formed a group along with his colleagues called ‘Notting Hill Set’ or ‘Smith Square Set.’ The group was seen as symbolic wing of Conservative Party.
  9. In 1991, he was appointed at Prime Minister’s office to brief then Prime Minister John Major for his weekly session of P.M Question & Answer.
  10. In 1992 He briefly thought of leaving politics for journalism after putting in 12 to 20 hours of work during the 1992 general election briefing John Major for his press conferences.
  11. After unexpected success of Conservative party in the 1992 general election, Cameron was appointed as Special Advisor to Norman Lamont, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  12. He was working for Norman Lamont when British government was forced to withdraw pound sterling from the European Exchange Mechanism on September 16, 1992 also referred as ‘Black Wednesday.’
  13. In June 1993, he was recruited by Home Secretary, Michael Howard. His credibility was questioned, when proposed meeting to discuss a consensus on the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ was leaked to the press in March 1994.
  14. In July 1994, he took over ‘Carlton Communications’ as its director of Corporate Affairs. The company is into film distribution and video producing apart from being ITV franchise for London.
  15. He was instrumental in terrestrial implementation of digital television by forming ‘British Digital Broadcasting,’ in collaboration with ITV Granada and Sky. He resigned in February 2001 to run for Parliament.
  16. Cameron made into candidates’ list for the 1997 general election after missing the selection meeting in 1994 due to train delay. He was selected for ‘Stafford’ constituency. He lost to David Kidney of Labour party by 24,606 votes.
  17. He contested the 2001 general election in ‘Witney, Oxfordshire.’ He attended social functions and wrote regular column for‘The Guardian’s’ on-line section during his campaign. He was elected by margin of 7,973 votes defeating Michael Bartlet of Labour party.
  18. Cameron was appointed as a member of the Commons Home Affairs Selection Committee. He attempted to be in the limelight of social importance. He opposed the payment of compensation to Gurbux Singh who resigned as head of Commission of Racial Enquiry. He also defied the party whip and abstained from voting in allowing same-sex and permitting un-married couple to adopt.
  19. From June 2003 to 2004, he held various post such as ‘Shadow Minister,’ ‘Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party,’ and as ‘Shadow Education Secretary.’
  20. After the defeat of Conservative Party in the 2005 general election and Michael Howard’s resignation, Cameron announced his candidature on September 29, 2005 for the post of party leadership. His speech without notes at the Conservative party conference was well-received.
  21. Cameron was elected as the Leader of Conservative Party defeating David Davis by margin of 70,048 votes in the third stage of election process. On December 06, 2005 he was elected as leader of the opposition and sworn of the council on March 08, 2006.
  22. On becoming a leader, the Medias were critical of his excessive attention to his appearance and describing him as ‘a hollow Easter egg with no bag of sweets inside.’ He was branded as superficial, unreliable with lack of clear convictions.
  23. It was reported in April 2009 that in 1989 Cameron accepted a trip to South Africa paid for by an anti-sanction lobby firm. He defended his decision that it was a fact-finding mission.
  24. In 2010 general election Cameron led Conservative to victory but 20 seats short of overall majority. Cameron and Nick Clegg of Liberal Democrat agreed for a coalition government.
  25. On May 11, 2010, Cameron became the youngest Prime Minister of United Kingdom at 43 years.
  26. He agreed to hold the Scottish independent referendum 2014 and eliminate the ‘devomax.’ He also backed a successful campaign to maintain status quo in a referendum on changing the voting system.
  27. In July 2013 he said that Immigration from outside European Union should be subject to annual limits. The pressure it puts on our public service and communities is too great.
  28. On May 07, 2015 he re-elected UK Prime Minster with majority. He announced his resignation on June 24 after the result of ‘Brexit,’ a referendum for leaving the European Union.
  29. He is married to Samantha Gwendoline Sheffield on June 01, 1996 at the Church of St Augustine of Cnaterbury, Oxfordshire. The Camerons have two daughters and a son.
  30. He describes himself as a practicing Christian and an active member of Church of England.

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