Former British PM Cameron quits Politics, resigns from Parliament

David Cameron stepped down as British prime minister in June hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in which he had campaigned to stay in the bloc (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)
David Cameron stepped down as British prime minister in June hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in which he had campaigned to stay in the bloc (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)

Britain’s former Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned his seat in the House of Commons, he told in an interview¬†earlier this week.

Cameron stepped down as prime minister in June, hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in which he had campaigned to stay in the bloc.

“The circumstances of my resignation as prime minister and the realities of modern politics make it very difficult to continue (in parliament)… without the risk of becoming a diversion,” Cameron said in a statement.

“I fully support Theresa May and have every confidence that Britain will thrive under her strong leadership,” the 49-year-old added.

The former premier was pilloried after the shock referendum defeat.

“I think everything you do will become a big distraction and a big diversion from what the government needs to do for our country.”

Cameron’s resignation from parliament is unusually quick — former prime ministers have typically retained their seats for a number of years after leaving the official Downing Street residence.

May wished Cameron well for the future in a brief statement on Facebook.

“I was proud to serve in David Cameron’s government — and under his leadership we achieved great things,” the former interior minister wrote.
– ‘A life outside Westminster’

The suave Eton-educated Cameron has been MP for Witney in the rural county of Oxfordshire, northwest of London, since 2001.< At the time of his resignation as premier, he insisted he was "keen to continue" as a constituency MP and intended to seek re-election at the next general election, due in 2020. He is not known to have taken on any other roles since stepping down. His media appearances since have been in pictures of him holidaying with his family.

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