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Cameron: Standing down from parliament the 'right thing'

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 01:26

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron says he doesn't want to be a ''distraction'' for new PM Theresa May and that he's resigning from his seat in parliament. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's former prime minister David Cameron said on Monday he was resigning from his seat in parliament, ending his political career just weeks after he lost a referendum to stay in the European Union to avoid becoming a "distraction." Cameron, who came to power in 2010, said he had told Prime Minister Theresa May of his decision to stop representing his constituency in Oxfordshire to make way for someone who could concentrate on the area in central England. The former prime minister, 49, stepped down as leader in June shortly after 52 percent of Britons ignored his pleas and voted to leave the European Union, saying the country needed "fresh leadership" to negotiate the country's exit, or Brexit. Cameron had sat on the 'back benches' of parliament several times since he resigned the top job, but made little impact. He had earlier said he would complete his term in office until the next election due in 2020. May has moved to distance herself from some of Cameron's policies, particularly in education where she has ditched his pledge not to increase the number of selective grammar schools.

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Cameron: Standing down from parliament the 'right thing'

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 01:26