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Former British PM Cameron resigns as MP with immediate effect

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron, who quit after losing June 23 Brexit vote, resigned as an MP with immediate effect on Monday, saying it was “very difficult” to continue on the back benches and he wanted to avoid becoming a “diversion” for his successor Theresa May.

He will step down as MP for Witney in Oxfordshire, triggering a by-election in the constituency. He has represented Witney since 2001, becoming Conservative leader in 2005 and serving as the Prime Minister for six years from 2010.

The 49-year-old Conservative party MP had stepped down as Prime Minister on June 24, a day after the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). He had initially indicated that he would continue as a back-bench Tory MP under the leadership of May but announced his decision to step down from that role as well to avoid becoming a “diversion” on Monday.

“Having fully considered my position over the summer, I have decided that I am going to stand down as the Member of Parliament for Witney. There will now be a by-election and I will do everything that I can to help the Conservative candidate win that election,” Cameron said.

He said: “In my view, the circumstances of my resignation as the Prime Minister and the realities of modern politics make it very difficult to continue on the back benches without the risk of becoming a diversion to the important decisions that lie ahead for my successor in Downing Street and the government.”

He added: “I fully support Theresa May and have every confidence that Britain will thrive under her strong leadership.” It is unclear what Cameron’s future plans would involve but he said he now looks forward to “a life outside of Westminster, but hope to continue to play a part in public service and make a real and useful contribution to the country I love”. 
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