SOLIHULL’S MPs have paid tribute to former Prime Minister David Cameron following the announcement
he is standing down as a politician.
Julian Knight and Caroline Spelman praised Mr Cameron for his years of service as both an MP for his Whitney constituency in Oxfordshire, and as leader of the Conservative party.
Mr Cameron announced his resignation earlier this week as politicians returned from their summer breaks, arguing he did not want to be a ‘distraction’ for new Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Knight said: “I’m very sad to see David Cameron departing the House of Commons after years of public service.
“However, I quite understand his desire to spend more time with his wife and children after the intensity of his life as Prime Minister, not to mention two exhausting campaigns with the EU referendum and last year’s General Election.
“I think it’s a great loss to the Commons that it will no longer have a former Prime Minister in it, and I sincerely hope that this is not the last that we will see of David in public life.”
Mrs Spelman echoed her fellow Conservative MP’s sentiments, adding: “Having represented his constituency of Witney for 15 years, I know David to be a passionate, hardworking MP, and believe that I speak for many of my colleagues when I say that he will be greatly missed by Members of Parliament from across the party-political divide.
“Under his leadership, the Conservative and coalition Government’s achieved great things.
“Not only did his work help stabilise and steward the British economy, but David also made great strides in delivering serious social reform.
“As we look to the future, it is important that Government continues to build the work of the one nation Government that he led.
“I wish both him and his family well for the future.”
Mr Cameron was first elected as an MP in 2001 before becoming Conservative leader in 2005 and Prime Minister in 2010.
He stood down as PM in June this year following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.