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A Biography of David Cameron


David CameronA Profile of the Conservative Party Leader

David William Donald Cameron was born on 9 October 1966 in London, England and was brought up near Newbury. He was the son of stockbroker Ian Cameron and Mary Fleur Mont.

David Cameron's Education

He attended Heatherdown Preparatory School before moving onto Eton College. After leaving Eton with three "A Grade" A Levels, he studied at the University of Oxford, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Cameron graduated in 1998 with a first class honours degree.

After graduating from university, Cameron worked for the Conservative Research Department between 1988 and 1992. In 1991, Cameron worked on briefing Prime Minister John Major for his bi-weekly "Prime Minister's Questions" sessions. After the Conservative Party's success in 1992, Cameron was promoted to work as Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont.

When Lamont was sacked after coming out of favour of John Major, Cameron went to work for the Home Secretary, Michael Howard. In September 1993, Cameron applied to go on the Conservative Central Office's list of Parliamentary candidates.

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In July 1994, Cameron left his post as an advisor to Howard to become Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Communications. Cameron resigned from the post in February 2001.

On 4 April 2001, Cameron was selected as a potential Parliamentary seat of Witney, Oxfordshire. At the time it was held by Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Shaun Woodward.

Cameron won the election for Witney with a majority of 7,973, with a 1.9% swing to the Conservatives.

In June 2003, Cameron was made a shadow minister in the Privy Council Office, working as a deputy to Eric Forth. He also became vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, under Michael Howard. Following the resignation of Howard after the Labour victory in May 2004. Cameron announced he would stand for the post of party leader and on 6 December 2005, after a lengthy election process, he was officially announced to be the Leader of the Conservative Party.

Cameron describes himself as a "modern compassionate Conservative".

He often criticises Gordon Brown and his policies. His politics have to been likened to those of Tony Blair during his early years in power.
David Cameron's Personal Life

On 1 June 1996, Cameron married Samantha Sheffield in Oxfordshire. Their first child, Ivan was born on 8 April 2002. He was born with both cerebral palsy and a rare form of epilepsy. On 25 February Ivan died at St Mary's Hospital, London. The Cameron's also have a daughter, Nancy Gwen, who was born on 19 January 2004.

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