David Cameron is a British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2016. He was an MP for Witney from 2001 until he left government. He studied at the prestigious Eton College before moving on to complete a philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) degree from the University of Oxford.
Cameron sought to rebrand the Conservatives, embracing an increasingly socially liberal position. The 2010 general election led to Cameron becoming Prime Minister as the head of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats – the youngest holder of the office since the 1810s.
Cameron has been praised for modernising the Conservative Party and for decreasing the United Kingdom’s national deficit.
He called the referendum, and he lost it – leading to his stepping down as Prime Minister and the succession of Theresa May.
The ‘Remain’ rhetoric was accused of falling short in mobilising people towards their cause – primarily due to a lack of visible unity and allegations of ‘scaremongering’ from the Leave camp.
Critics of Cameron accused the former PM of focusing too much on painting Britain’s exit from EU as a doomsday event. David Cameron was framed as one of the Remain camp’s biggest assets – leading to an inevitable fall from grace when the results were announced.