- The Right Honourable David Cameron MP
- Member of Parliament for Witney
- Prime Minister (2010 –
- Born 9 October 1966, London, England. (age 47)
- Spouse: Samantha Sheffield
- Children: Ivan, Nancy, Arthur and Florence
- Alma mater: Brasenose College, Oxford
- Religion: Church of England
David Cameron is the current leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the UK.
A modern compassionate Conservatism is right for our times, right for our party — and right for our country.
Short Bio David Cameron
David Cameron was born October, 1966, in Peasemore, Berkshire to a middle class family. His father was a stockbroker. He is distantly related to King William IV.
He was educated at Eton and later Brasenose College, Oxford University. At Oxford he studied PPE, including being taught by Prof Vernon Bogdanor, who was impressed with the maturity and political views of this student. He graduated with first class honours degree. At Oxford, he was also a member of the Bullingdon Club, along with Boris Johnson. – the club has a reputation for being a ‘toff’s drinking club. Since becoming Prime Minister, Cameron has had to fend off allegations of ‘social elitism’.
After graduating from Oxford, he worked for the Conservative Research Department. This led to further opportunities, within the Conservative party. During John Major’s Prime Ministerial period, he helped Major prepare for Commons debates.
In 1992, he was part of the team which helped John Major to unexpectedly win the 1992 election. It was considered a great achievement, given the economy was in recession.
After the election, he worked as special advisor to the Chancellor Normal Lamont and later for the home office. Despite Lamont’s unpopularity and debacle over the ERM exit, his reputation remain unscathed.
In 1994, he left his role in the Conservative party to work in the private sector, working as a director for Carlton Communications. He stayed in this role until 2001, when he left to contest an election for Parliament. He was selected as candidate for Witney and was elected to Parliament. He served on the Home Affairs Select Committee and gained a high profile for speaking out on national issues.
In 2003, he was appointed shadow minister in the Privy Council and vice chairman of the Conservative party. In 2005, Michael Howard resigned as leader of the Conservative party, leaving the leadership wide open. Despite his young age and relative lack of experience, he gained support from some key party members. The party was keen to look towards a new generation, who could perhaps compete with a revitalised ‘New Labour’ party.
At the 2005 party conference, he tapped into this by making a well-received speech in which he spoke of making people ‘feel good to be Conservatives again’ and inspiring a new generation. Despite finishing second in the first ballot, he went on to win, beating more established names.
I am the heir to Blair.
– David Cameron, The Times, October, 2005
In spite of criticism from both the left and right wings of his party, he led to the Conservatives to a partial victory in the 2010 elections. The Conservatives gained the most seats, but had to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Cameron was elected Prime Minister, with faithful George Osborne as chancellor. Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader was also in the cabinet as deputy leader.
I came into politics because I love this country, I think its best days still lie ahead and I believe deeply in public service, and I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions so that together we can reach better times ahead.
First Speech as Prime Minister, at 10 Downing Street (11 May 2010)
Despite differences, the coalition held together fairly well. It helped that under Cameron the Conservatives were becoming more socially liberal and the Lib Dems were accepting of the Conservatives main plans for austerity.
Nevertheless the government had many difficulties. From within his own party, Cameron has faced repeated criticisms. Many on the right are uneasy at the direction he is taking the party on – especially on social issues, such as Gay Marriage. Many in the Tory party are critical of Cameron’s insistence on pushing through this bill.
On the economic front, the government sought to blame the last government for leaving the economy in a mess with record borrowing levels. However, the policies of austerity were both politically unpopular and a factor in causing a double dip recession leading to a prolonged decline in living standards. On Europe, Cameron has had to face the growing rise of the UKIP by taking a tough line on Europe, promising a referendum on future European integration.
Cameron has described himself as a compassionate conservative – seeking to make a break with the more radical and unpopular popular image of Margaret Thatcher. However, after the London riots of 2011, he tried to portray a more typical tough Conservative posture.
Picture by picture, these criminals are being identified and arrested, and we will not let any phony concerns about human rights get in the way of the publication of these pictures and the arrest of these individuals.
He has also referred to himself as a liberal Conservative – though not particularly ideological.
Issues that once divided Conservatives from Liberal Democrats are now issues where we both agree. Our attitude to devolution and localisation of power. Iraq. The environment. I’m a liberal Conservative.
Letter to constituents in Dunfermline and West Fife by-election (7 February 2006)
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