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David Cameron: The Unexpected Comeback of the Former Prime Minister

Exploring the Path of Lord Cameron from His Days at Eton to His Astonishing Reappearance in Westminster.

Political correspondent @NifS

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 4:

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has taken the helm as the UK's foreign secretary, marking a surprising return to frontline politics last year.

He has held several high-ranking positions within the government before, so let's explore his rise to prominence within the Conservative Party.

David William Donald Cameron, born in 1966 in London, grew up in Berkshire under the care of his stockbroker father and noble mother, who belonged to the Mounts of Wasing, a family with a parliamentary legacy spanning more than a century.

From Eton to Oxford

He commenced his private schooling at Heatherdown School, an institution attended by notable figures such as Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Later, he advanced to Eton, where he achieved high marks in both his O and A-level examinations.

He faced disciplinary action for using cannabis on school grounds and was required to pen sentences in Latin as a consequence.

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Following his secondary education, Lord Cameron opted for a gap year during which he initiated his involvement in the Conservative Party by working as a researcher for his godfather, Conservative MP Tim Rathbone.

After a brief period in Hong Kong and a visit to the Soviet Union, he went on to attend Brasenose College at the University of Oxford in 1985, where he pursued a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

While his peers, such as Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, were showcasing their political skills at the Oxford Union, he mentioned that he "barely participated," instead concentrating on his academics to achieve a first-class degree.

Nevertheless, he forged relationships with upcoming Conservative influencers, notably through his membership in the notorious Bullingdon Club, an elite dining society criticized for excessive drinking and vandalizing eateries, among other more contentious exploits.

Initial Employment Ex

Upon completing his studies, Lord Cameron mentioned that he was undecided about pursuing a career in politics, yet he still accepted a position at the Conservative Research Department.

His career within the party progressed, and by 1991 he ascended to the role of adviser at Number 10 for John Major, collaborating closely with him throughout the Conservatives' unexpected electoral victory in 1992.

Subsequently, he took on the role of special adviser to the then Chancellor Norman Lamont. However, his tenure was brief due to the Black Wednesday financial crisis, which resulted in his superior's resignation.

In 1993, Lord Cameron took a position at the Home Office to provide counsel to Michael Howard, who later became Lord Howard. At that time, Tony Blair, a rising figure in the Labour Party, was beginning to make his mark as Howard's

While on a family vacation, he encountered Samantha, a friend of his sister, who would later become his wife. They tied the knot in 1996 and subsequently welcomed four children into their family.

After his tenure at Whitehall, Lord Cameron joined a communications firm. In 1997, he was chosen as the candidate for Stafford, but he was unsuccessful in his bid for election.

In 2001, he was chosen to represent the secure Conservative constituency of Witney in Oxfordshire and secured victory, marking the start of his career in the House of Commons.

Inside the House of Commons

During his initial period in parliament, Lord Cameron was a member of the Home Affairs Committee. Alongside his peer George Osborne, he prepared the then Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith for the weekly Prime Minister's Questions.

Upon assuming leadership of the Conservative Party, Lord Howard was initially appointed as the assistant to the shadow leader of the House, later advancing to the role of shadow education secretary.

Following the 2005 election, which resulted in another defeat for the Conservatives, Lord Howard stepped down. Subsequently, Lord Cameron entered the leadership race, successfully advocating for the party's modernization, and ultimately won the position.

Over the following five years, efforts were focused on rejuvenating the Tory party's appeal following three consecutive electoral defeats.

Lord Cameron's progressive stance estranged certain conventional supporters, yet it also reclaimed the allegiance of voters who had previously shifted from the Conservatives to Labour.

In 2009, he and his spouse faced the heartbreaking loss of their eldest son, Ivan, who passed away at the age of six. Ivan had been battling cerebral palsy and a rare epilepsy disorder known as Ohtahara syndrome.

Gaining control

Following the 2010 election, the Conservative Party emerged as the dominant party yet did not achieve an outright majority.

An agreement was reached with the Liberal Democrats to form the nation’s first coalition government since World War II, and Lord Cameron assumed the role of Prime Minister at age 43, making him the youngest person to hold the position since 1812.

Under Mr. Osborne's tenure as Chancellor, the influential Chipping Norton group held significant sway.

The duo concentrated on implementing strict budgetary measures to reduce the government's budget shortfall, resulting in reduced expenditure throughout various public sectors.

Landmark initiatives also featured the legalization of same-sex marriage, backed by Liberal Democrat members of Parliament, along with involvement in military operations in Libya.

He also approved a vote on Scottish independence, where the multi-party Better Together campaign triumphed, ensuring that the nation stayed within the United Kingdom.

In the 2015 election, Lord Cameron and the Conservative Party achieved a full majority.

During that campaign, he committed to holding a referendum on EU membership, which became a defining aspect of his political life.

The Era of Brexit

As a prominent supporter of the Remain campaign, he found himself in opposition to his longtime adversary Mr. Johnson and his close ally Mr. Gove.

Before initiating the referendum, he secured revised agreements with the European Union. Despite these efforts, the UK opted to exit, with a 52% to 48% margin in the June 2016 vote.

On the day the outcome was revealed, Lord Cameron declared his resignation as the prime minister.

He handed in his resignation in July and by September, he chose to completely exit parliament.

Cameron's Return

Following his departure, Lord Cameron assumed several positions in the charitable and private sectors. However, he faced controversy while serving as an advisor for Greensill Capital, where he was criticized for allegedly lobbying ministers in favor of the company.

In a surprising turn of events in 2023, despite widespread speculation that his career in Westminster had concluded, he was named foreign secretary by Rishi Sunak, catching many observers off guard.

Mr. Sunak conferred a peerage upon him, aptly naming him Baron Cameron of Chipping Norton.

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Following his recent appointment, which occurred shortly after the attacks in Israel on October 7, he has primarily been overseas, with the UK striving to assert its influence concerning the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza.

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