Owing to good grades, Cameron entered its top academic class almost two years early. Six weeks before taking his O-Levels he was caught smoking cannabis. For three months he worked as a researcher for his godfather Tim Rathbone , then Conservative MP for Lewes , during which time he attended debates in the House of Commons. Cameron was later told by one of his professors that it was "definitely an attempt" by the KGB to recruit him. David—there was nobody else who came even close.
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Owing to good grades, Cameron entered its top academic class almost two years early. Six weeks before taking his O-Levels he was caught smoking cannabis. For three months he worked as a researcher for his godfather Tim Rathbone , then Conservative MP for Lewes , during which time he attended debates in the House of Commons.
Cameron was later told by one of his professors that it was "definitely an attempt" by the KGB to recruit him. David—there was nobody else who came even close. He would be integrating them with the way the British political system is put together. He could have lectured me on it, and I would have sat there and taken notes. There are one or two good things in it but one glimpses them, as it were, through a mist of misunderstanding".
Cameron graduated in with a first-class honours BA degree later promoted to an MA by seniority. They and others formed a group they called the " Smith Square set", which was dubbed the "Brat Pack" by the press, though it is better known as the " Notting Hill set ", a name given to it pejoratively by Derek Conway.
One newspaper gave Cameron the credit for "sharper Despatch box performances" by Major,  which included highlighting for Major "a dreadful piece of doublespeak " by Tony Blair then the Labour Employment spokesman over the effect of a national minimum wage. Instead, Cameron was given the responsibility for briefing Major for his press conferences during the general election. He revealed he had led other members of the team across Smith Square to jeer at Transport House , the former Labour headquarters.
At the Conservative Party conference, Cameron had difficulty trying to arrange to brief the speakers in the economic debate, having to resort to putting messages on the internal television system imploring the mover of the motion, Patricia Morris , to contact him. Taxes needed to be raised in the Budget, and Cameron fed the options Lamont was considering through to Conservative Campaign Headquarters for their political acceptability to be assessed.
During the by-election, Lamont gave the response " Je ne regrette rien " to a question about whether he most regretted claiming to see "the green shoots of recovery" or admitting to "singing in his bath" with happiness at leaving the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. Cameron was identified by one journalist as having inspired this gaffe; it was speculated that the heavy Conservative defeat in Newbury may have cost Cameron his chance of becoming Chancellor himself, even though as he was not a Member of Parliament he could not have been.
It was commented that he was still "very much in favour"  and it was later reported that many at the Treasury would have preferred Cameron to carry on. Lewis reported that Cameron was "uncomfortable" about the list. In March , someone leaked to the press that the Labour Party had called for a meeting with John Major to discuss a consensus on the Prevention of Terrorism Act. After an inquiry failed to find the source of the leak, Labour MP Peter Mandelson demanded assurance from Howard that Cameron had not been responsible, which Howard gave.
Howard just talks to young public school gentlemen from the party headquarters. Cameron was suggested for the role to Carlton executive chairman Michael P. Green by his later mother-in-law Lady Astor. In a roundtable discussion on the future of broadcasting in he criticised the effect of overlapping different regulators on the industry.
Cameron resigned as Director of Corporate Affairs in February in order to run for Parliament for a second time, although he remained on the payroll as a consultant. He was reported to have missed out on selection for Ashford in December , after failing to get to the selection meeting as a result of train delays.
At the Conservative Party Conference, Cameron called for tax cuts in the forthcoming Budget to be targeted at the low-paid and to "small businesses where people took money out of their own pockets to put into companies to keep them going".
The socialist Prime Ministers of Europe have endorsed Tony Blair because they want a federal pussy cat and not a British lion. This was a break with official Conservative policy but about other candidates were making similar declarations. He also campaigned using the claim that a Labour government would increase the cost of a pint of beer by 24p; however, the Labour candidate, David Kidney , portrayed Cameron as "a right-wing Tory".
He tried for the Kensington and Chelsea seat after the death of Alan Clark , but did not make the shortlist. He was in the final two but narrowly lost at Wealden in March ,  a loss ascribed by Samantha Cameron to his lack of spontaneity when speaking. This had been a safe Conservative seat, but its sitting MP Shaun Woodward who had worked with Cameron on the election campaign had "crossed the floor" to join the Labour Party and was selected instead for the safe Labour seat of St Helens South.
Cameron proposed that the Committee launch an inquiry into the law on drugs,  and urged the consideration of "radical options". He correctly identified the problem of Islamist extremism , the inadequacy of our response both domestically and internationally, and supported — quite rightly in my view — the action to remove the Taliban regime from Afghanistan.
He opposed the payment of compensation to Gurbux Singh, who had resigned as head of the Commission for Racial Equality after a confrontation with the police;  and commented that the Home Affairs Select Committee had taken a long time to discuss whether the phrase "black market" should be used. The next week, Cameron deliberately abstained in a vote on allowing same-sex and unmarried couples to adopt children jointly, against a whip to oppose; his abstention was noted.
He also became a vice- chairman of the Conservative Party when Michael Howard took over the leadership in November of that year. He was appointed Opposition frontbench local government spokesman in , before being promoted to the Shadow Cabinet that June as head of policy co-ordination.
Later, he became Shadow Education Secretary in the post-election reshuffle. Cameron announced on 29 September that he would be a candidate. In the speech he vowed to make people "feel good about being Conservatives again" and said he wanted "to switch on a whole new generation. In the second ballot on 20 October , Cameron came first with 90 votes; David Davis was second, with 57; and Liam Fox was eliminated with 51 votes.
The next stage of the election process, between Davis and Cameron, was a vote open to the entire party membership. As is customary for an Opposition leader not already a member, upon election Cameron became a member of the Privy Council , being formally approved to join on 14 December , and sworn of the Council on 8 March We all did.
Hague, assisted by Davis, stood in for Cameron during his paternity leave in February The chief change was the appointment of former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke.
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