Ministerial role

Prime Minister

Responsibilities

The Prime Minister is head of the UK government and is ultimately responsible for the policy and decisions of the government.

As head of the UK government the Prime Minister also:

  • oversees the operation of the Civil Service and government agencies
  • appoints members of the government
  • is the principal government figure in the House of Commons

Current role holder: The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

David Cameron became Prime Minister in May 2010, leading a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. He has been the Conservative MP for Witney in West Oxfordshire since 2001.

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Education

David studied at Eton College before graduating from Oxford University with a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Political career

Before being elected as an MP, David 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.

In Parliament he held a number of positions on the Opposition Front Bench, including Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Front Bench Spokesman for Local Government Finance, and Head of Policy Coordination in the run-up to the 2005 General Election. He was also a member of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee from 2001 to 2003.

He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills after the 2005 General Election and, on a mandate to change and modernise the Party, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in December 2005.

In 2010 the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government. David became Prime Minister, making him the youngest Prime Minister in 198 years.

Career outside politics

David spent 7 years at Carlton Communications where he served on the management board.

Personal life

David is married to Samantha. They have 3 children and live in London and West Oxfordshire. Sadly, their eldest child, Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, died in February 2009.

Previous holders of this role

Find out more about previous holders of this role in our past Prime Ministers section.

Announcements

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  1. Prime Minister’s Nowruz message 2014

    • 20 March 2014
    • Press release
  2. PM statement on President Putin’s actions on Crimea

    • 18 March 2014
    • News story
  3. PM phone call with Prime Minister Razak

    • 18 March 2014
    • Press release
  4. Millions of parents to get help with childcare costs

    • 18 March 2014
    • News story
  5. David Cameron welcomes Sport Relief’s fundraising finest

    • 17 March 2014
    • News story
  6. UK floods 2014: government response and recovery

    • 14 March 2014
    • News story
  7. PM announces UK boost for Palestinian economy

    • 14 March 2014
    • Press release
  8. PM phone call with President Nazarbayev

    • 14 March 2014
    • News story
  9. David Cameron and Shimon Peres press conference

    • 14 March 2014
    • Speech
  10. Statement on death of Tony Benn

    • 14 March 2014
    • News story

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