Cameron Says He Plans to Stay as Lawmaker After Quitting as PMby
David Cameron said he’s planning to stay on as a member of Parliament after he retires as U.K. prime minister.
Cameron said before the 2015 general election that he would step down as Conservative Party leader and premier before the next national vote in 2020. He was asked Thursday by BBC local radio if he would also leave Parliament.
“I love being MP for Witney and am very keen to continue,” he replied. Asked if that meant he would seek re-election, he said: “That is very much my intention.”
Several previous recent prime ministers, such as Gordon Brown, have left Parliament by not running again in the general election after they stopped being prime minister. Tony Blair quit the House of Commons immediately.
Exceptions are Edward Heath, who stopped being prime minister after losing the 1974 election but stayed in Parliament until 2001, and James Callaghan, who lost power in the 1979 election but remained a member of the House of Commons until 1987.