Leader of the Conservative Party David William Donald Cameron first stood for Parliament in the Stafford constituency in 1997 as a Eurosceptic, which originally broke with their policy of supporting the British membership of the single European currency. Although he was defeated, Cameron finally became an MP in the 2001 general election where he represented Witney in Oxfordshire.
In 2003 he was promoted to the front bench of the opposition, taking the role of head of policy co-ordination throughout the following general election campaign in 2005, having gained the support of colleagues including Boris Johnson, George Osborne, William Hague and Oliver Letwin. Cameron went on to win the leadership election, becoming the youngest British Prime Minister since 1812.
Educated at Eton College in Berkshire, Cameron obtained three A-Levels, and was offered an scholarship for the University of Oxford. The future party leader took a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Brasenose College in Oxford, where he was considered an exceptional student.
Describing himself as a "modern compassionate conservative", Cameron once stated that he was "certainly a big Thatcher fan" and a "liberal Conservative".
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