David Cameron. former British Prime Minister has resigned his seat in the House of Common, claiming that he did not want to be a backbench distraction to Prime Minister Theresa May.
Cameron said he did not deem it appropriate to remain, being a former Prime Minister.
Theresa May, the current Prime Minister said in a brief statement she was proud to serve under David Cameron.
The new British PM said she could continue on the track of One Nation conservatism.
Cameron’s decision will initiate a by-election in his Oxfordshire seat of Witney, a constituency he represents since 2001.
The former PM noted in a statement: “I want Witney to have an MP that can play a full role in parliamentary and political life in a way that I think I would find very difficult, if not impossible.”
Cameron had previously resigned after the vote to Leave the European Union in a referendum he initiated during his time in office.
“I’m sure I will be remembered for keeping that pledge to hold a referendum when many people thought that promise would never be kept. In my view, with modern politics, with the circumstances of my resignation, it isn’t really possible to be a proper backbench MP as a former prime minister,” he had told an ITV broadcaster.
Generally speaking on his legacy, Cameron hopes he will also be remembered for turning the Conservatives into a modernising force while building a strong British economy, adding that he would continue as an MP until the next general election.
According to CNN, Cameron insisted he would not shy away from campaigning on the issues he is passionate about.
“The only firm decision I’ve made is to leave the House of Commons and stop being an MP — as I say, with a heavy heart, because I’ve loved the jobs but I don’t think it works for a former prime minister who resigned in my circumstances and with all the new government needs to do,” he added.
“Issues for the future. I’ll decide them in the future and, hopefully, as I say, continue to make some … public service contribution to this country. I want to continue campaigning on the local, national and indeed international issues that were part of my prime ministership where I think we made some good progress. There’s still a lot more to be done,” Cameron stressed.
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