David Cameron, the former British
Prime Minister has announced he will stand down as a member of parliament for
his constituency of Witney immediately, triggering a by-election.
Cameron, who has worked in
Parliament since 2001, stepped down as Prime minister in the aftermath of the
Brexit vote in which the UK decided to leave the European Union.
CNN reported that he had previously
said that he was “keen to continue” in his role as a backbench MP after
stepping away from Downing Street but has since decided such a role is
“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 revealed that he spoke with his
successor before making the 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
“As a former prime minister it is
very difficult, I think, to sit as a back bencher 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.”