1966 (9th October)
David Cameron was born David William Donald Cameron in Marylebone, London, to Ian Cameron and his wife Mary. His father was a stockbroker. He was the couple’s third child after brother Alexander and sister Tania.
David’s sister Clare was born to Ian Cameron and his wife Mary.
David was enrolled at Heatherdown School, Windfield, Berkshire, a private school.
Cameron entered Eton College, Berkshire.
David Cameron gained a total of 12 O-Levels.
David left Eton College. He decided to take a gap year before going to university. He began working as a researcher for Conservative MP Tim Rathbone.
Cameron gained 3 A-Levels in History, History of Art and Economics and Politics.
Cameron’s father arranged for him to spend three months working as an administrator in Hong Kong.
David Cameron began studying for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Cameron left Oxford University with a first-class honours degree.
David Cameron began working for the Conservative Party, in the Research Department.
Cameron worked with Conservative Prime Minister
John Major’s responses for weekly Prime Minister’s Questions.
Cameron was tasked with briefing John Major prior to press conferences during the 1992 General Election.
Following Conservative victory in the General Election, Cameron was appointed Special Adviser to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont.
1992 (16th September)
The value of the pound fell and the government had to take the pound out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. The consequent economic downturn damaged the Conservatives.
1993 (late May)
Chancellor Norman Lamont was removed from his post.
David Cameron was given a position by Home Secretary, Michael Howard.
Cameron took a position as Director of Corporate Affairs at the media company, Carlton Communications.
1996 (1st June)
David Cameron married Samantha Sheffield, daughter of Sir Reginald Sheffield and Annabel Jones at the Church of St Augustine of Canterbury, East Hendred, Oxfordshire. The pair had been introduced by David’s sister, Clare.
David Cameron stood as Conservative candidate for Stafford but was beaten by Labour candidate David Kidney.
2000 (4th April)
Cameron was selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Witney, Oxfordshire.
2001 (7th June)
David Cameron was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Witney, Oxfordshire in the General Election. The Labour Party had won the election so Cameron became a member of the opposition.
David became a member of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
2002 (8th April)
A son, Ivan Reginald Ian was born at Hammersmith and Fulham, London. He suffered with cerebral palsy and epilepsy from birth.
David Cameron and George Osborne were asked to brief Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith prior to Prime Minister’s Questions.
After the Conservative Party issued a whip to vote against a motion to allow same sex and unmarried couples to adopt children, Cameron refused the whip and abstained.
Cameron became a shadow minister in the Privy Council Office.
David became a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party.
David Cameron became Opposition local government spokesman.
2004 (19th January)
A daughter, Nancy Gwen Beatrice was born at Westminster, London.
Cameron became head of policy co-ordination.
2005 (5th May)
David Cameron was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Witney. The Conservatives were again defeated by the Labour Party. David was appointed Shadow Education Secretary.
Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, announced his resignation as leader of the Party. Elections for a new leader would be held in October.
2005 (29th September)
David Cameron announced that he would be standing for election as leader of the Conservative Pary. He stated that if elected he would take Conservative members of the European Parliament out of the European People’s Party because it favoured creating a federal Europe.
2005 (6th December)
It was announced that David Cameron had been elected leader of the Conservative Party.
2005 (7th December)
Cameron re-shuffled the shadow cabinet.
2005 (12th December)
It was announced that the Conservative Party would take steps to increase the numbers of female Members of Parliament.
2005 (14th December)
Cameron was created a member of the Privy Council.
2006 (1st January)
Cameron scrapped Conservative Party plans to provide half-price private care to those who would like it.
2006 (9th January)
Cameron announced that his Party would not be seeking a return to the Grammar School system.
2006 (14th February)
A son, Arthur Elwen was born at Westminster, London. Following his son’s birth, Cameron took paternity leave.
2006 (8th March)
Cameron officially became a member of the Privy Council.
2006 (20th March)
David Cameron responded to a row over political party funding by stating that individual donations should be limited to £50,000.
2006 (31st March)
Scotland Yard launched an inquiry into the circumstances of those that donated money to the Conservatives to determine whether a system of ‘loans for lordships’ was in play.
2006 (21st April)
David Cameron made a visit to Svalbard in Norway to highlight global warming problems.
2006 (28th April)
David was criticised for portraying himself as being ecologically friendly by cycling to work when a car containing his papers and work shoes followed him.
2006 (4th May)
The Conservatives gained 40% of the vote in local elections across the country.
2006 (25th June)
David Cameron announced that the UK should have a Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act.
2006 (24th July)
David Cameron paid a visit to British troops stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
2006 (24th August)
David Cameron met Nelson Mandela.
2006 (30th October)
David Cameron launched the civic national service scheme and the Young Adult Trust.
2007 (20th July)
David Cameron was criticised by members of his own party after the Conservative candidates came third in the Ealing Southall and Sedgefield byelections.
2007 (27th September)
Boris Johnson was chosen as Conservative candidate for London Mayor.
2008 (15th March)
MPs Expenses Scandal
The amount of money claimed by MP’s was made public amid immense criticism at some of the figures involved. David Cameron promised to ‘clean up parliament from within’.
2008 (1st May)
The Conservatives had excellent results in the local elections.
Cameron’s daughter, Nancy, was accepted as a pupil for St Mary Abbots Primary School. The school is a regular state school.
2009 (25th February)
David’s son, Ivan Reginald Ian died at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
2009 (12th May)
MPs Expenses Scandal
Following revelations by the Daily Telegraph newspaper that some Conservative MPs have charged ludicrous amounts on their expenses claim forms, Cameron called for them to repay those claimed expenses.
David Cameron was instrumental in the creation of the European Conservatives and Reformists, a new group in the European Parliament.
With a General Election due to be held, the Conservatives announced an intention to reform education to bring it into line with elite countries.
2010 (22nd March)
David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, announced her fourth pregnancy.
2010 (13th April)
The Conservatives published their election manifesto.
2010 (15th April)
David Cameron took part in a televised leaders’ debate ahead of the General Election.
2010 (6th May)
The Conservatives won the General Election but did not have enough seats for an overall majority.
2010 (11th May)
David Cameron announced that the Conservative Party would form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. Cameron would be Prime Minister and Nick Clegg would be Deputy Prime Minister. At 43 years old, Cameron was the youngest ever Prime Minister.
It was announced that there was no money and that spending costs had to be made. Britain was subject to an austerity programme.
2010 (24th August)
A daughter Florence Rose Endellion was born at St Endellion, Cornwall while the family were on holiday.
2010 (8th September)
David Cameron’s father, Ian died following a stroke in southern France. Cameron was at his father’s bedside when he died.
It was revealed that Cameron’s father had invested in offshore tax havens. He had also created Panamanian Blairmore Holdings, an offshore investment fund which was also exempt from UK tax.
2011 (17th March)
David Cameron finally managed to gain United Nations approval for a no-fly zone over Libya to help secure the defeat of dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
2011 (5th May)
As part of the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats, a referendum was held to change the voting system from the present ‘first-past-the-post’ to the ‘alternative vote’ system. The alternative system was decidedly rejected.
2012 (3rd May)
David Cameron’s leadership was called into question after the Conservatives did poorly in the local elections.
2012 (27th June)
House of Lords Reform Bill
This bill was introduced by Nick Clegg to remove hereditary peers and make the chamber a largely elected body.
2012 (6th August)
House of Lords Reform Bill
This bill was withdrawn when it became clear that many Conservatives would not support it.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg agreed to introduce legislation to legalise same-sex marriage.
David Cameron announced that the government would cut net migration to less than 100,000 a year.
2013 (17th July)
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act
This act was passed into British law and allowed same-sex couples to legally marry.
Cameron tabled a motion in the House of Commons in favour of bombing Syrian armed forces following a chemical attack on Ghouta. He lost the motion.
2014 (13th March)
With the support of his coalition partners, Cameron managed to legalise same-sex marriage.
2014 (14th May)
House of Lords Reform Act
A very modified form of the bill presented in 2013 became law. This Act enabled hereditory peers to resign their from the House of Lords and also allowed those that had committed a criminal offence to be removed.
In the campaign for the Scottish Independence referendum, Cameron supported the successful ‘Better Together’ campaign against independence.
The House of Commons approved a motion for British aircraft to join a bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Iraq. The motion included a statement denying permission for military action in Syria.
It was reported that the government had failed to reduce net migration as promised and that it had actually increased.
Cameron attended the funeral of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
2015 (7th May)
David Cameron was elected Member of Parliament for Witney. The Conservatives won a clear majority and Cameron returned for a second term as Prime Minister.
2015 (28th May)
European Union Referendum Act
Cameron and the Conservatives had promised in their election campaign that if elected they would offer an in out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. This act was introduced into parliament to fulfil that promise.
It emerged that Cameron was aware that British aircraft, along with other foreign aircraft, had been bombing targets in Syria. This was expressly against Parliament’s wishes.
2015 (12th October)
Conservative peer, Lord Michael Ashcroft published ‘Call Me Dave’ an unauthorised biography of Cameron. The book accused Cameron of various misdemeanours in his university days. Ashcroft was accused of publishing the book because he had not been offered a position in Cameron’s government.
2015 (26th November)
Following a series of terrorist attacks by Islamic State on Paris, Cameron again requested that British forces be sent to bomb Syria in retaliation.
2015 (3rd December)
Members of Parliament voted in favour of air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.
2015 (17th December)
European Union Referendum Act
This act had finally passed through parliament and became law. The Act stated that the referendum should be held no later than 31st December 2017.
2016 (20th February)
2016 (late February)
Cameron tried to renegotiate the UK’s terms of membership of the European Union in the hopes that the people of Britain would look more favourably on the European Union but concessions were very limited.
Leaked documents revealed that both Cameron and his wife had invested in David’s father’s offshore investment fund. There were calls for Cameron to resign but he denied any wrongdoing stating that he had paid tax on all profits he had made.
As campaigning began for the Referendum. Cameron declared himself firmly for remain. Other members of his government did not share his opinion and declared for leave. it soon became clear that Brexit was going to split the Conservative party and the electorate.
2016 (24th June)
In the early hours of the morning it was announced that the British people had voted in favour of leaving the European Union by 52% to 48%. Later that day Cameron announced that he would step down as Prime Minister by October 2016.
2016 (11th July)
Theresa May won the Conservative Party leadership election.
2016 (13th July)
David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister.
2016 (12th September)
Cameron resigned his parliamentary seat with immediate effect and Robert Courts became the new MP for Witney.
Cameron was appointed chairman of the National Citizen Service Patrons. An organisation that provides voluntary personal and social development programmes for 15 – 17 year olds.
David Cameron became president of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
2019 (early September)
Cameron criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament.
2019 (19th September)
David Cameron’s memoir ‘For the Record’ was published by William Collins.
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