London: Groomed by Iron Lady Margaret
Thatcher, David Cameron, a scion of wealthy family,
transformed himself into a man of people and staked his
political reputation to bring his party to centrist stage to
return Tories to power in UK after a 13 year wilderness.
At 43, Cameron is the youngest person to don the mantle
of Prime Minister in Britain in more than 200 years and today
with a down to earth image he is more compared to Tony Blair
than his mentor Thatcher.
A media savy moderniser, Cameron who rides his bike to
work prefers to be introduced just as "Call me Dave", almost
akin to a guy next door.
Born into a wealthy family and educated at Eton, the
alma mater of more than a dozen Prime Ministers and few
Royals, Cameron was hampered by suspicions of his upper class
upbringing, but passed his test on Tuesday night when the
Queen invited him to form the new government.
Unlike Blair, who swept into Downing Street on a
landslide in 1997 and stayed on for a decade, Cameron`s first
big push in politics came after he had to hold his nerve for
five days of tensed haggling to forge a power-sharing deal
with the Liberal Democrats.
It is his first brush with power, though he was a political ward of Margaret Thatcher, the new British Prime
Minister has not even served as a minister. But must now hold
together a potentially unruly coalition and grapple with
Britain`s record public deficit.
Cameron, reportedly a descendant of King William IV is
one of the most privileged person to become Prime Minister
since Sir Alec Douglas-Home, a Conservative earl who governed
nearly half a century ago.
The new British Prime Minister earned a top degree to
join the Tories than led by Thatcher, where he rose to become
an adviser to Finance Minister Norman Lamont. But he left
politics to spend seven years with a media company Carlton,
only to return back in 2001 when he was elected to Commons
from Oxford in Southern England.
His rise to head the Tory Party was swift when he
replaced Michael Howard in December 2005 after the
Conservatives slumped to their third defeat since 1997 at the
hands of Tony Blair`s Labour.
Like Blair, Cameron worked hard to change the Tories
image as it was labelled a "nasty party", uncaring and out of
touch with the people despite short lived efforts by leaders
like William Hague who has now been named the new Foreign
He modernised the Conservatives moving it from rightist
platform to centrist stage in Britain by making clear breaks
with the Party`s past.
Under his leadership, the Party`s logo was changed from a
flaming torch to an eco-friendly green tree, Cameron has also
softened his Party`s sceptical position towards Europe and is
a great crusader for strengthening Britain`s National Health
His yen to transform NHS comes from treatment received by
his late son Ivan, who died last year from cerebral palsy.
Cameron who was on the road 24 hours straight in the
final round of campaigning was joined by his wife Samantha.
The couple have two children and Samantha is expecting a third
one in September.
Much is not known of his views on foreign affairs except
references to an early return of British forces from
Afghanistan which he promised on the election trail.
His responses on issues like terrorism, immigration and
ties with Asia are still shrouded in secrecy, but Cameron
watchers say the new Prime Minister has a yen for Indian food
and is likely to follow the existing close ties with India.