Cameron resigns from UK Parliament

Cameron resigns from UK Parliament
September 13 06:07 2016

Former British Prime Minister,
David Cameron, has announced he will stand down as a member of Parliament
for his constituency of Witney immediately, triggering a by-
election.
Cameron, who has served in Parliament since 2001,
stepped down as Prime Minister in the aftermath of June’s
Brexit vote in which the UK decided to leave the European 
Union.
 He had previously said that he was “keen to continue” in his
 role as a back bench MP after stepping away from Downing
Street but has since decided such a role is untenable.

“In my view, the circumstances of my resignation as Prime 
Minister and the realities of modern politics make it very 
difficult to continue on the backbenches without the risk of
 becoming a diversion to the important decisions that lie
 ahead for my successor in Downing Street and the 
Government,” he said in a statement Monday.
”I fully support Theresa May and have every confidence that
 Britain will thrive under her strong leadership.
”I now look forward to a life outside of Westminster, but
 hope to continue to play a part in public service and to make
a real and useful contribution to the country I love.”

Cameron, 49, became Conservative leader in 2005 and
 Prime Minister in 2010.
He said he had conferred with his successor before making
 his decision public.
”I spoke to Theresa May and she was very understanding
 about this decision,” Cameron told ITV.
”I support her. I support what she’s doing. She’s got off to a 
cracking start. Obviously I’m going to have my own views
 about different issues; people would know that.

And that’s
really the point.
”As a former prime minister it is very difficult, I think, to sit 
as a backbencher and not be an enormous diversion and 
distraction from what the government is doing.
”I don’t want to be that distraction. 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. “
Under Cameron’s leadership, the Conservatives won the
 2010 general election, ending Labour’s 13 years in
 government, although the party was forced into entering a 
coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
 During his time as Prime Minister, he introduced same-sex
 marriage in 2013 and held off the threat of Scottish 
independence after a referendum in 2014.

He led the party to a second consecutive election victory
 last year but had already declared that he had no intention
of staying on for a third term in office.
 In the end, Cameron’s undoing was his belief that he could
end the constant infighting within the Conservative Party 
over the UK’s position in Europe.
 His decision to call a referendum proved an unnecessary
and costly gamble. 
He attempted to use the economy to persuade voters that
 remaining in Europe would be best for Britain. But “Project
Fear,” as it was dubbed by his opponents, failed to resonate
 with a divided country.
”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,” he told ITV.

“But I hope that people will look back at the 11 years I was
 leader of the Conservative Party and six years as Prime 
Minister of our country as a time when we did create a
 stronger economy — 1,000 people found work for every day 
I was prime minister — and we did make some important
 social reforms … and the Conservative Party went from 
being in the doldrums and getting beaten to being a
 modernizing, winning force in British politics.
”But the historians will have to work all that out. I obviously 
now am going to be looking at a new life, but I’m only 49 — I
 hope I can still contribute in terms of public service and
 contribute to our country.”
May, who is now tasked with dealing with the fallout from
 Brexit, expressed pride in having served alongside her
 predecessor.

“I was proud to serve in David Cameron’s Government –
and under his leadership we achieved great things,” May
 wrote on her Facebook Page.
”Not just stabilizing the economy, but also making great
 strides in delivering serious social reform.
”His commitment to lead a one nation Government is one 
that I will continue — and I thank him for everything he has
 done for the Conservative Party and the country. I wish him
and his family well for the future.”
Cameron is now focusing on that future, and while he did
 not elaborate on his plans, he 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.”

(CNN)