Prime Minister, Minister for the Civil Service and First Lord of the Treasury

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Biography

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.

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    Prime Minister

    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

    Minister for the Civil Service

    The Minister for the Civil Service is responsible for regulating the Civil Service.

    The Civil Service (Management Functions) Act of 1992, allows the Minister for the Civil Service to delegate power to other ministers and devolved administrations.

    This role was created in 1968 and is always held by the Prime Minister.

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      First Lord of the Treasury

      The First Lord of the Treasury is one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. This role is usually held by the Prime Minister.

      Since the 17th century, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury have collectively carried out duties that were previously held by the the Lord High Treasurer (head of Her Majesty’s Treasury).

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      10 Downing Street is the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, and not of the Prime Minister.

      Announcements

      by The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

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      1. Call with President Obama

        • 17 April 2014
        • Press release
      2. Call with Herman Van Rompuy

        • 17 April 2014
        • Press release
      3. EE win Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for ‘Techy Tea Parties’

        • 16 April 2014
        • Press release
      4. Easter 2014: David Cameron’s message

        • 16 April 2014
        • News story
      5. UK floods 2014: government response and recovery

        • 15 April 2014
        • News story
      6. Passover 2014: David Cameron’s message

        • 14 April 2014
        • News story
      7. PM phone calls with Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande: 14 April 2014

        • 14 April 2014
        • Press release
      8. Vaisakhi 2014: David Cameron’s message

        • 10 April 2014
        • News story
      9. Easter reception at Downing Street 2014

        • 9 April 2014
        • Speech
      10. Tougher enforcement action and stronger penalties for unscrupulous employers

        • 9 April 2014
        • Press release

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