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David Cameron steps down from parliament

David Cameron steps down from parliamentFormer British Prime Minister David Cameron is resigning from his seat in parliament with immediate effect, he confirmed on Monday.

After Cameron left the PM position in June, he said it was his intention to continue serving as an MP. His term in office was due to last until the next election due in 2020. But Cameron’s latest decision has triggered a by-election in his constituency of Witney.

"I've thought about this long and hard over the summer and I've decided the right thing to do is to stand down as the member of parliament for Witney," he told BBC TV.

Commenting his desire to resign, former PM said he didn’t want to become a distraction for his successor.

"In my view with modern politics, with the circumstances of my resignation, it isn't really possible to be a proper back bench MP (lawmaker) as a former prime minister. I think everything you do will become a big distraction and a big diversion from what the government needs to do for our country," Cameron said.

Current PM Theresa May has thanked Cameron for his job and said she would proceed on his commitment to lead one nation government.

“I was proud to serve in David Cameron’s government – and under his leadership we achieved great things. Not just stabilising the economy, but also making great strides in delivering serious social reform. His commitment to lead a one nation government is one that I will continue. I thank him for everything he has done for the Conservative Party and the country and I wish him and his family well for the future,” May said.

David Cameron said he had made no "firm decisions" about his future career yet.
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