David Cameron

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Issues that once divided Conservatives from Liberal Democrats are now issues where we both agree. … I'm a liberal Conservative.

David William Donald Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the British Conservative Party. He is the son of a stockbroker and attended Eton College and Brasenose College, Oxford; he worked as an assistant to senior Cabinet ministers (including Norman Lamont) during the Major government, and then as Director of Corporate Affairs for Carlton Communications before he became MP for Witney in 2001.


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.


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 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.



  • 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'.


  • 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.

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