The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
The Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party
David Cameron became Prime Minister after the General Election in May 2010. He leads a Conservative / Liberal Democrat Coalition Government inspired by the values of freedom, fairness and responsibility.
This was the first time in over a half a century that two British parties had come together to put forward a programme for partnership government – to provide Britain with a strong and progressive government, and to put aside party differences to work for the common good and national interest.
David Cameron’s philosophy has always been making sure people are in control and that politicians are their servants, not their masters. His belief in social responsibility, not state control, as the best way to solve problems is already evident in the decisions he has made since the General Election.
In his first few months as Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron has led a government that has set out bold action to deal with Britain’s deficit; established a radical programme of school, health and welfare reform; and set out a vision of building the Big Society by giving individuals, families and communities more power and control over their lives.
Prior to becoming Prime Minister, David Cameron was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in December 2005 on a mandate to change and modernise his Party. During his time as Leader of the Opposition he promoted social justice and social action; advanced the green agenda; set protecting the NHS as a top priority; and was proud to see a significant increase in the number of women and ethnic minority candidates standing for the Conservative Party.
As a Member of Parliament, David Cameron held a number of positions on the Opposition Front Bench prior to becoming Party Leader. After the 2005 General Election, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills. He had previously held the positions of Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (2003), Front Bench Spokesman for Local Government Finance (2004), and Head of Policy Co-ordination in the run-up to the General Election of May 2005. He was also a member of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee between 2001 and 2003.
Before he became an MP, David Cameron worked in business and government. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics and gaining a first class honours degree. After graduating he worked for the Conservative Party Research Department and then as a Special Adviser in government, first to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and then to the Home Secretary. Afterwards, he spent seven years at Carlton Communications, one of the UK’s leading media companies, and served on the management board.
David, his wife Samantha, and their three young children, Nancy, Elwen, and Florence, live in London and West Oxfordshire, where he has been MP for Witney since 2001. Very sadly their much loved eldest child, Ivan, six, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, died in February 2009.