David Cameron

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David William Donald Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is a British politician. Cameron has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2010, and as Member of Parliament for Witney since 2001. The Leader of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2016, Cameron identifies as a One-Nation Conservative, and has been associated with both economically liberal and socially liberal policies. After the referendum on leaving the European Union, Cameron announced that he would leave office after a new party leader was elected in September 2016. However, on 11 July 2016 Cameron said he would offer his formal resignation to the Queen on 13 July because, by that date, Theresa May was the last remaining candidate for party leader.


A modern compassionate Conservatism is right for our times, right for our party — and right for our country.
There is such a thing as society. It's just not the same thing as the state.
One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system.



  • I am the heir to Blair.
    • Remarks to newspaper executives (3 October 2005), as quoted in "Horror as Cameron brandishes the B-word" by Andrew Pierce, in The Times (5 October 2005), page 9.
  • I joined this party because I believe in freedom. We are the only party believing that if you give people freedom and responsibility, they will grow stronger and society will grow stronger.
  • I want you to come with me. We'll be tested, and challenged, but we'll never give up. We'll never turn back. So let the message go out from this conference, a modern compassionate Conservatism is right for our times, right for our party — and right for our country. If we go for it, if we seize it, if we fight for it with every ounce of passion, vigour and energy from now until the next election, nothing and no one can stop us.
  • I think it was right to remove Saddam Hussein. I think it was the right decision then and I still think it was right now.
    • BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast (21 October 2005)
  • I want to talk about the future. He was the future once.
    • On the subject of Tony Blair at Prime Minister's Question Time (7 December 2005)


  • I think the prospect of bringing back grammar schools has always been wrong and I've never supported it. And I don't think any Conservative government would have done it.
    • BBC Sunday AM (15 January 2006)
  • I am Conservative to the core of my being, as those who know me best will testify.
    • As quoted in Daily Telegraph, (23 January 2006)
  • Lots of people call me Dave, my mum calls me David, my wife calls me Dave, I don't really notice what people call me.
    • Interview with Richard Bacon on XFM, 28 September 2006), as quoted in "Labour in shambles over leadership, says Cameron" in Western Mail (29 September 2006), p. 4.



  • When we were first told the extent of Ivan's disability I thought that we would suffer having to care for him but at least he would benefit from our care. Now as I look back I see that it was all the other way round. It was only him that ever really suffered and it was us — Sam, me, Nancy and Elwen — who gained more than I ever believed possible from having and loving such a wonderfully special and beautiful boy.


  • Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.


First speech as UK Prime Minister (2010)[edit]
First speech as Prime Minister, at 10 Downing Street (11 May 2010)
  • In terms of the future, our country has a hung parliament where no party has an overall majority and we have some deep and pressing problems — a huge deficit, deep social problems, a political system in need of reform. For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good and decent government that I think we need so badly.
    Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders who want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and for the national interest. I believe that is the best way to get the strong government that we need, decisive Government that we need today.
  • I came into politics because I love this country, I think its best days still lie ahead and I believe deeply in public service, and I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions so that together we can reach better times ahead.
  • One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system. Yes, that's about cleaning up expenses, yes, that's about reforming parliament, and yes, it's about making sure people are in control and that the politicians are always their servants and never their masters.
    But I believe it's also something else — it's about being honest about what government can achieve. Real change is not what government can do on its own, real change is when everyone pulls together, comes together, works together, when we all exercise our responsibilities to ourselves, our families, to our communities and to others. And I want to help try and build a more responsible society here in Britain, one where we don't just ask what are my entitlements but what are my responsibilities, one where we don't ask what am I just owed but more what can I give, and a guide for that society that those that can should and those who can't we will always help.
    I want to make sure that my Government always looks after the elderly, the frail, the poorest in our country.
    We must take everyone through us on some of the difficult decisions that we have ahead.
    Above all it will be a Government that is built on some clear values, values of freedom, values of fairness and values of responsibility. I want us to build an economy that rewards work, I want us to build a society with stronger families and stronger communities and I want a political system that people can trust and look up to once again.
  • This is going to be hard and difficult work. The coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges, but I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs, based on those values, rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all, rebuilding responsibility in our country. Those are the things I care about, those are the things that this Government will now start work on doing. Thank you very much.
  • This is something I feel very strongly and very passionately about. Together I want us to pave the road from Ankara to Brussels. "Turkey must be welcome in EU, insists Cameron"
    • Quoted from 'A speech about Turkey's EU membership process'


Resignation of Andy Coulson statement (21 January 2011).
  • I am very sorry that Andy Coulson has decided to resign as my Director of Communications, although I understand that the continuing pressures on him and his family mean that he feels compelled to do so. Andy has told me that the focus on him was impeding his ability to do his job and was starting to prove a distraction for the Government.
  • During his time working for me, Andy has carried out his role with complete professionalism. He has been a brilliant member of my team and has thrown himself at the job with skill and dedication. He can be extremely proud of the role he has played, including for the last eight months in Government.
  • I wish Andy all the very best for his future, which I am certain will be a successful one.
  • Picture by picture, these criminals are being identified and arrested, and we will not let any phony concerns about human rights get in the way of the publication of these pictures and the arrest of these individuals.


  • "I think some of these schemes - and I think particularly of the Jimmy Carr scheme - I have had time to read about and I just think this is completely wrong.

"People work hard, they pay their taxes, they save up to go to one of his shows. They buy the tickets. He is taking the money from those tickets and he, as far as I can see, is putting all of that into some very dodgy tax avoiding schemes.

"That is wrong. There is nothing wrong with people planning their tax affairs to invest in their pension and plan for their retirement - that sort of tax management is fine.

"But some of these schemes we have seen are quite frankly morally wrong.

"The Government is acting by looking at a general anti-avoidance law but we do need to make progress on this.

"It is not fair on hard working people who do the right thing and pay their taxes to see these sorts of scams taking place."


  • I want to talk about the internet, the impact it is having on the innocence of our children, how online pornography is corroding childhood and how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.
  • It’s wonderful news from St Mary’s Paddington, and I’m sure that right across the country, and indeed right across the Commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the Royal couple well.
  • It is an important moment in the life of our nation, and I suppose above all it is a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.
  • It’s been a remarkable few years for our Royal family - the Royal Wedding captured people’s hearts, the extraordinary and magnificent Jubilee and now this Royal birth. All to a family that has given this nation so much incredible service and they can know that a proud nation is celebrating with them a very proud, happy couple tonight.
  • Already London is the biggest centre for Islamic finance outside the Islamic world. But today our ambition is to go further still. Because I don’t just want London to be a great capital of Islamic finance in the Western world. I want London to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world.
  • I know some people look at foreign companies investing in our businesses, financing our infrastructure or taking over our football clubs and ask – shouldn’t we do something to stop it? Well, let me tell you, the answer is “no.”
  • First, for years people have been talking about creating an Islamic bond – or sukuk – outside the Islamic world. But it’s just never quite happened. Changing that is a question of pragmatism and political will. And here in Britain we’ve got both. This government wants Britain to become the first sovereign outside the Islamic world to issue an Islamic bond.


  • I’m against these aggressive tax avoidance schemes but I’m not just against them, this Government has taken a huge amount of steps to legislate and toughen the laws and go after aggressive tax avoidance schemes for the very simple reason that if people go after these schemes and aggressively avoid tax they’re making it the case that everyone else has to pay higher taxes as a result so I think we should be very clear, tax evasion is illegal and for that you can be prosecuted, you can go to prison for tax evasion. Tax avoidance is in these cases, very aggressive tax avoidance schemes, they are wrong and we should really persuade not to do them and that’s why we have these court cases where the court looks at whether a scheme is really about avoiding tax rather than anything else and the court was very clear in this case.
  • Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country, he’s raised money for charity, he’s done very well for Children in Need so I’m not sure, the OBE was in respect of that work and what he’s done but clearly what this scheme was was wrong and it’s right that they’re going to pay back the money.
  • They are killing and slaughtering thousands of people... they boast of their brutality... they claim to do this in the name of Islam, that is nonsense, Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslims, they are monsters.


  • We are a shining example of a country where multiple identities work. Where you can be Welsh and Hindu and British, Northern Irish and Jewish and British; where you can wear a kilt and a turban; where you can wear a hijab covered in poppies. Where you can support Man Utd, the Windies and Team GB at the same time. Of course, I’d rather you supported West Ham.
    • Speech in London, which caused derision as Cameron had previously claimed to support Aston Villa. Various sources including The Guardian (April 2015)
  • For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'.
  • Of course, this extremist ideology is not true Islam. That cannot be said clearly enough. But it is not good enough to say simply that Islam is a religion of peace and then to deny any connection between the religion of Islam and the extremists. Why? Because these extremists are self-identifying as Muslims.


  • If there is one constant in the ebb and flow of our island story, it is the character of the British people.
  • Above all we are obstinately practical, rigorously down-to-earth, natural debunkers. We approach issues with a cast of mind rooted in common sense, we're rightly suspicious of ideology and sceptical of grand schemes and grandiose promises.
    • Quoted from 'British strength and security in the world' speech (09/05/2016) - 11:50 -12:00
  • I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions, not duck them. That is why we delivered the first coalition government in 70 years, to bring our economy back from the brink.
  • I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.
  • Britain is a special country. We have so many great advantages: a Parliamentary democracy where we resolve great issues about our future through peaceful debate; a great trading nation, with our science and arts, our engineering and our creativity, respected the world over. And while we are not perfect, I do believe we can be a model for the multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, where people can come and make a contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent allows.


  • Hug a hoodie.
    • This term derives from the headline "Hug a hoodie, says Cameron in the News of the World (9 July 2006), p. 16, reporting a speech which Cameron delivered the following day. The term was a paraphrase by the newspaper and Cameron did not use the term in the speech: he did say, referring to the film Kidulthood, "Kidulthood is not about bad kids. Even the villain is clearly suffering from neglect and the absence of love."[1] Whereas the rioters aren't.

Quotes about Cameron[edit]

Alphabetized by author
  • It seems to me he has lost the art of communication; but not, alas, the gift of speech.
  • "He seems content-free to me. Never had a job, except in PR, and it shows. People ask, 'What do you think of him?' and my answer is: 'He doesn't make me think.'"
  • "He had a melted face...He had a face like a whoopy cushion before someone had sat on it...He had a face which looked sort of like the aperture of a whoopy cushion if someone did sit on it" Time Trumpet episode one [5]
  • Even Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask when he robbed people.
  • "Utterly shameful that David Cameron had not yet publicly condemned the kingdom's actions"
    • British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, on David Cameron's silence in the wake of Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 prisoners. [7]

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