13 September 2016 - David Cameron resigns as MP
Stephen Catsle (The New York Times, 12/09/2016)
The post is ancient, and the duties are light (nonexistent, actually). But in order to step down from his seat in the House of Commons, David Cameron, the former prime minister of Britain, had to take on another position on Monday: Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.
Under arcane parliamentary rules, normally referred to as “taking the Chiltern Hundreds,” the purely symbolic appointment provides a legal escape hatch from the House of Commons by disqualifying lawmakers from holding their seats. Embracing the role has helped many lawmakers bring down the curtain on their careers without waiting for the next election. In this case, it is formally closing out a political rise and fall defined by Mr. Cameron’s decision to stage a referendum on European Union membership.
6 years as PM
Rowena Mason (The Guardian, 12/09/2016)
Owen Bennett (The Huffington Post, 12/09/2016)
“I am the heir to Blair,” said David Cameron in 2005. With the announcement he is quitting the Commons after standing down as Prime Minister, he is certainly staying true to that premonition.
The difference is, Blair went at a time of his choosing, quitting Downing Street and Parliament on the same day.
Cameron was of course not afforded that luxury, and was effectively forced to resign in the early hours of 24 June after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
Jon Stone (The Independent, 12/09/2016)
I spoke to the chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservatives this morning and I’ve just come from a meeting with my staff here in Witney and I’ve met with my staff in London.
Look, I thought about this long and hard over the summer and I decided that the right thing to do was to stand down at the member of Parliament for Witney. There’ll be a by-election, I’ll give the Conservative candidate my full support but 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.
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