DAVID Cameron’s return as Foreign Secretary marks an extraordinary comeback for a politician widely believed to be yesterday’s man.
After calling and losing the Brexit referendum in 2016, he fell on his sword to quit both as PM and an MP.David Cameron leaves No10 after quitting as PM in 2016[/caption]
For a while he appeared to have vanished without trace – famously provoking a foul-mouthed rant from Danny Dyer as having left the country in the lurch with his “trotters up”.
His only glimpse of the limelight was negative headlines surrounding his relationship with dodgy financier Lex Greensill.
But Mr Cameron had retired as one of youngest ex-PMs in history and clearly felt he had more to give when he told pals in 2018 he was “bored s***less”.
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Allies even suggested he could become Foreign Secretary – an offer now grasped years later by Rishi Sunak.
The PM will hope to draw on his wealth of experience, often overshadowed by his legacy-defining Brexit gamble.
After a period as a government adviser in the John Major years, Cameron rose the ranks in opposition to become Tory leader in 2005.
He secured the most votes in 2010 but fell short of a full-out majority, striking an historic coalition deal with Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems.
Holding and winning two referendums on voting reform and Scottish independence, he fought the 2015 election on the economy.
And under pressure from Nigel Farage’s Ukip, he vowed to call an EU referendum if returned as PM.
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Sneaking a narrow Tory majority and cutting the Lib Dems loose, Mr Cameron held the in/out vote in 2016 advocating to Remain.
During the campaign he angered Brexiteer Tories for scaremongering with “Project Fear” doomsday warnings.
And so when the people went the other way, Mr Cameron felt he had no choice but to quit, waving goodbye to No10 with his wife Samantha and three children.