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Cameron, David William Duncan

David William Duncan Cameron (kăm´ərən), 1966–, British politician, b. London. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he worked for the Conservative party's research department beginning in 1988, became an adviser to two high-ranking government ministers, and headed corporate communications (1994–2001) for a media company. After an unsuccessful campaign for Parliament in 1997, he won a seat as a Conservative in 2001 and advanced rapidly in the party as a protégé of party leader Michael Howard, becoming shadow education secretary in 2005. Seen as a youthful modernizer, he was elected (Dec., 2005) to succeed the resigning Howard as party leader. Cameron worked to transform the Conservatives into a less ideological, more centrist party, and in the 2010 parliamentary elections the party secured a plurality. Forming (2010–15) a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, Cameron became prime minister. In 2015 he led the Conservatives to a narrow majority in Parliament.

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Cameron, David

Cameron, David (b. 1966). Conservative leader. Educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford, Cameron joined Carlton Communications, a media company, before election to the Commons for Witney, Oxfordshire, in 2001. He served as shadow Deputy Leader of the Commons (2003) and as shadow Secretary for Education (2005). Standing in the leadership contest to succeed Michael Howard, he began as an outsider, but gained a comfortable victory over David Davis in December 2005. His declared aim to modernize the Conservative party and his reduced emphasis on tax cuts raised eyebrows on the right of the party, but he profited from disarray in the Labour ranks.

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