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David Cameron

Prime Minister of Great Britain

Born: 9 October 1966
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 2010-present

David Cameron is the Conservative Party leader who has been prime minister of the United Kingdom since May of 2010. David Cameron was born in London but grew up in Berkshire, England. He attended Eton and then received a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford in 1988. After Oxford, Cameron jumped right into politics with a job in the research department of the Conservative Party. From 1990-97 he worked in corporate communications for the TV company Carlton, but left the company to return to politics. David Cameron was elected as a Member of Parliament for Witney, Oxfordshire in 2001. Regarded as a blast of fresh young (and moderate) air for the stuffy old Conservative Party, he was named party leader in 2005; he was often compared to Tony Blair, who played a similarly rejuvenating role for the Labour Party a decade earlier. The Conservative Party made an unexpectedly strong showing in the elections of 6 May 2010, and Cameron was asked by Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government when Gordon Brown resigned on 11 May 2010. In 2015 he was retained as prime minister after the Conservative Party won what the BBC called a "shock election victory"; expected by pollsters to be in fight to stay in power, the Conservatives instead won 331 seats, a clear majority of the 650 seats in Parliament.

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David Cameron married the former Samantha Sheffield in 1996. Their son Ivan was born in 2002 with cerebral palsy and epilepsy; Ivan died on 25 February 2009. They have three other children: Nancy (b. 2004), Arthur (b. 2006) and Florence Rose Endellion (b. 2010)… Samantha Cameron is the daughter of Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield of Oxfordshire and Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones; her father is a baronet and her mother is now Viscountess Astor from her second marriage. His wife’s aristocratic ties, plus his own education at Eton and Oxford, have led some to accuse David Cameron of being an aristocrat in populist’s clothing… David Cameron often bicycles to work, and famously had his bike stolen in 2008… David Cameron was a member of Brasenose College at Oxford… The Conservative Party is also known as the Tory Party, or simply as the Tories.

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