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David Cameron

David Cameron

Leader of the Conservative Party


9 October 1966

Political party



Playing tennis, growing vegetables and cooking


Cameron was in trouble in May 1983 six weeks before taking his O-levels when he was named as having smoked cannabis. He was fined, prevented from leaving school grounds, and given a 'Georgic' (copying 500 lines of Latin text).

His most significant mention in the Eton school magazine came when he sprained his ankle dancing to bagpipes on a school trip to Rome.


David William Donald Cameron was born in London, but brought up at Peasemore, near Newbury. He went to Eton before going to Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, gaining a first class honours degree. His political career began in the Tory research department in 1988 before becoming special adviser to then Chancellor Norman Lamont in 1992 and then to Home Secretary Michael Howard a year later. He helped with speech writing and preparation for question time for prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Cameron was elected in 2001 as Member of Parliament for the Oxfordshire constituency of Witney. He won the Conservative leadership in 2005 after being seen as a young and moderate candidate who would appeal to young voters, and if polls stay as they are he is expected to be the next Prime Minister. The death of his disabled son Ivan in February 2009 shocked parliament.

Key events

  • 1966 Born in London.
  • 1988 Graduated from Oxford University.
  • 1988-1992 Worked for the Conservative Party in their research department.
  • 1992 Special Advisor in the Treasury.
  • 1993 Works for Michael Howard at the Home Office.
  • 2001 Elected Conservative MP for Witney, West Oxfordshire.
  • 2005 Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
  • 2005 Leader of the Conservative Party.
  • 2009 David and Samantha Cameron's eldest son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died, aged 6. The Camerons have two younger children, Nancy and Arthur.

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