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David Cameron hints at return to frontline politics

Ex British PM who oversaw the referendum that pulled his country out of Europe wants to be foreign secretary

David Cameron has had derision heaped upon him after suggesting a return to politics. AFP
David Cameron has had derision heaped upon him after suggesting a return to politics. AFP

David Cameron, the former British prime minister who called and lost the referendum on remaining in the European Union (and subsequently resigned), has confided to friends that he would like to return to frontline politics, possibly as foreign secretary.

According to The Sun newspaper, Mr Cameron, 52, said that, after he finishes the memoirs of his time as PM that he is currently writing, he feels he has more to offer the country and that were a future Tory prime minister to offer him the chance to come back, he would take it.

A source told The Sun that “David is dedicated to public service, and has often said he wouldn’t rule out a public role one day, domestically or internationally.

“But he is only 52, and still a young man” in political terms.

However the news was greeted with derision by opposition politicians across Twitter after it broke on Thursday night. Many in Britain lay the blame for the country’s chaos since the June 2016 vote squarely at the feet of Mr Cameron, who called the vote to resolve internal Tory party divisions.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s education spokeperson, tweeted: “Just when you thought politics couldn’t get anymore bizarre. No David please stay in retirement you caused enough damage last time.”

Another senior Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, said: “What, because it worked out so well last time? Man, you ripped up our closest international partnership. By accident. That makes you even worse than Boris Johnson.”

Redcar’s Labour MP Anna Turley tweeted: “The sense of entitlement is unreal. Please go away and think about what you’ve done”

Updated: November 2, 2018 01:13 PM