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Profile of New UK PM David Cameron

05-12-2010 10:33 BJT Special Report: Britain General Election |

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Let's take a look at the profile of New British Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cameron has led the Conservatives back to power after a generation, but perceptions of him differ widely.

One British newspaper last week cast Cameron in a homage to the famous blue-and-red image of Barack Obama, over the words "Our Only Hope".

In contrast, another ran a photo of him as a rich young Oxford University student, wearing a coat and tails.

On one hand, Cameron is a modern urbanite who has tried to remake his party in his own image as an eco-friendly, down-to-earth man of the people who rides his bike to work.

Yet he's also the privileged product of Eton - Britain's most elite private school - and Oxford University.

At 43, Cameron is the youngest prime minister in almost two centuries.

Cameron has dragged the Conservatives back from the wilderness to which they were consigned by Tony Blair's Labour landslide. He has moved the Conservatives closer toward the center of British politics, while promoting environmental issues and a certain modern sensibility.

He's recruited more women and minorities and declared his loyalty to public services.

Cameron's support for the health service is heartfelt. He and his wife, Samantha, were parents to a severely disabled son, Ivan, who required constant care and died last year aged six.

The couple have two other children and is expecting a baby in September.

In the end, the British public half-listened. They left Cameron just short of a majority and saddled his government with ministers from the Liberal Democrats, whose center-left politics clash with the Tories on key issues.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source:

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