One of the most prominent global influencers of the early 21st Century, David Cameron served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 2010 to 2016, leading Britain’s first Coalition Government in nearly 70 years and, at the 2015 General Election, forming the first majority Conservative Government in the UK for over two decades.
As the UK’s youngest Prime Minister in two centuries, he came to power at a moment of economic crisis. Under his leadership, the UK’s economy was transformed. The deficit was reduced by over two-thirds; one million businesses set-up; a record number of jobs were created; and Britain became the fastest-growing major advanced economy in the world. That created the stability David Cameron needed to cut taxes, introduce a National Living Wage, transform education, reform welfare, protect the National Health Service, and increase pensions.
Internationally, David Cameron developed a foreign policy in the post-Iraq era that addressed the new challenges of the Arab Spring, as well as a more aggressive Russia, while ensuring Britain played a full role in the global fight against ISIS. Following hosting the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, David Cameron chaired the 2013 G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, where he highlighted the global need for fair taxes, increased transparency and open trade. He later helped re-write the global goals on aid and sustainable development.
Elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005 to reform and modernise a party that had lost three elections in a row, David Cameron successfully remodelled the Conservative Party with a new and distinct modern, compassionate agenda – and that is how he governed. He led the way internationally by passing the UK’s Same Sex Marriage Act; and offered constitutional referenda on Scotland’s place within the United Kingdom, and on the United Kingdom’s place within the European Union.
David Cameron continues to focus on issues he advanced while in office: supporting life chances for young people; championing Britain’s cutting edge medical research; and promoting international development. He is Chairman of Patrons at National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship youth development programme; President of Alzheimer’s Research UK; and recently chaired the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, under the auspices of the International Growth Centre. He also sits on the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations; is a Board member of the ONE Campaign; and together with former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, co-chairs Pew Bertarelli Ocean Ambassadors.
David and his wife, Samantha, have three young children: Nancy, Elwen, and Florence, who was born in 2010 while her father was Prime Minister. Very sadly their much-loved eldest child, Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and Ohtahara Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy, died in February 2009, aged six.
The family live in London and West Oxfordshire.