David Cameron was Prime Minister from May 2010 until July 2016. David led a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government from 2010 until 2015 and continued as Prime Minister from May 2015 leading a Conservative government. He was elected the Conservative MP for Witney in West Oxfordshire in 2001.
David studied at Eton College before graduating from Oxford University with a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics.
Before being elected as an MP, David worked for the Conservative Party Research Department. He then worked 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,
- 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. He continued as Prime Minister from May 2015 until July 2016 leading a Conservative government.
Career outside politics
David spent 7 years at Carlton Communications where he served on the management board.
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.