Cameron, David

David William Donald Cameron

b. 9 Oct 1966, London

Title: Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury [1]
Term: 11 May 2010 -
Chronology: 11 May 2010, invited to form an Administration and accepted the offer to hold the post of Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, audience of the Queen, Buckingham Palace, London [2][3]
13 May 2010, took the oath of office as First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service before the Queen in Council, Buckingham Palace, London [4]
Descended from William Henry, Duke of Clarence and St. Andrews (future King William IV) through the duke's illegitimate daughter; attended Heatherdown Preparatory School at Winkfield, Berkshire, and Eton College; studied at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford, graduating with a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (1988); worked for the Conservative Party in their research department (1988-1993); was made Special Advisor in the Treasury (1992-1993), and then at the Home Office (1993-1994); served as Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Communications plc (1994-2001); was elected Conservative Member of Parliament in 2001 (MP for Witney, West Oxfordshire); served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (2003-2004) and Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2004-2005); elected Leader of the Conservative Party (6 Dec 2005); sworn in as a member of the U.K. Privy Council (8 Mar 2006); after the 2010 General Election (6 May 2010: Conservatives 306, Labour 258, Liberal Democrats 57, Democratic Unionist 8, Scottish National Party 6, Sinn Féin 5, Social Democratic and Labour 3, Plaid Cymru 3, Green 1, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 1, others 2) returned no absolute majority of seats for any political party, he formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
Biographical sources: "Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative", by Francis Elliott and James Hanning (London: Fourth Estate, 2007).

[1] In accordance with The Minister for the Civil Service Order 1968 (SI 1968/1656), the Prime Minister is also Minister for the Civil Service (effective 1 Nov 1968).
[2] The Times Thursday May 13 2010 No 69946, p. 70: "Court Circular. Buckingham Palace 11th May, 2010 The Rt Hon Gordon Brown had an audience of The Queen this evening and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept. <...> Her Majesty subsequently received in audience the Rt Hon David Cameron and requested him to form a new administration. The Rt Hon David Cameron accepted The Queen's offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury."; The London Gazette, Number 59425 Friday 21 May 2010, p. 9404: "Prime Minister's Office / HER MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT / 12 May 2010 / The QUEEN has been pleased to approve the following Ministerial appointments: / Cabinet / Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service The Rt Hon David Cameron MP."
[3] Appointment as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury by Letters Patent under the Great Seal is dated 2 Jun 2010, announced by the Crown Office 2 Jun 2010, and gazetted 7 Jun 2010 (The London Gazette, Number 59439, Monday 7 June 2010, p. 10493).
[4] The Times Thursday May 14 2010 No 69947, p. 71: "Court Circular. Buckingham Palace 13th May, 2010 The Queen held a Council at 4.00 pm. <...> The Rt Hon David Cameron, MP was sworn First Lord of the Treasury."
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