If it wasn't bad enough for David Cameron that his own mother has signed a petition against Government cuts to childen's services - now it has emerged that she was persuaded to do so by his aunt.
Clare Currie has said cuts to children's services Oxfordshire are "absolutely wrong".
She also reportedly pursuaded her sister, Mary Cameron, to try and help save the centres from closure under the Conservative-led Oxfordshire county council by signing a petition.
Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Ms Currie said: "The centres are absolutely essential. All the research shows they make life for children very much better."
"It is a false economy to cut them and absolutely wrong."
The 78-year-old said she intended to protest outside Oxford County Hall when councillors vote on the local authority’s budget.
David Cameron's biggest controversies
David Cameron's biggest controversies
A book released by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft alleged that an MP and Oxford contemporary of David Cameron had allegedly seen a photograph of Mr Cameron performing a sex act on a pig while at university. Downing Street did not comment on the allegations and the peer said they could have been a case of mistaken identity
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2/8 ‘Swarm’ of migrants
In July 2015 David Cameron referred to refugees coming into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa as a “swarm”. He was criticised for using the language, which critics said was dehumanising
3/8 Child tax credits
In April 2015 David Cameron was asked whether he’d cut child tax credits. “No, I don’t want to do that,” he said, saying that he rejected reports that he would. Shortly after the election the Government unveiled cuts to child tax credits
4/8 Cycling to work
As leader of the opposition David Cameron was regularly photographed cycling to work. In early 2006 he was photographed cycling but with a driver in a car carrying his belongings. It was suggested at the time the cycling was just for show and that having two vehicles on the road instead of one was wasteful
5/8 Andy Coulson
David Cameron employed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as government communications director from 2010. After stepping down from the post due to coverage of the phone hacking affairs, Mr Coulson was later found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. He served a short prison sentence
6/8 His personal windmill
Early in his leadership of the Conservative David Cameron made an effort to change the party’s image by making eco-friendly gesures. As one of these gestures, the future PM put a wind turbine on his house. However, the turbine later had to be removed after neighbours condemned it as an eyesore and the council’s planning committee said it had been put in the wrong place
7/8 Funeral selfie
David Cameron was pictured posing for a ‘selfie’ with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Some in the press criticised the prime minister for showing in an inappropriately low level of respect for the gravity of the occasion
8/8 Eating a hotdog with a knife and fork
The Prime Minister was pictured eating a hotdog with a knife and fork in the run up to the 2015 general election. He was accused of being “posh”. “I had a very privileged upbringing... I've never tried to hide that,” he said
The petition to save Oxfordshire's children's centres, which now has about 7,000 signatures, calls them a "lifeline to new parents who rely on locally accessible advice and support at a time when it is most needed".
It adds the cuts would "leave families vulnerable and isolated and fail an entire generation of children".
Ms Cameron, an 81-year-old retired magistrate, told the Daily Mirror she had signed the petition, which is to be presented to Oxfordshire councillor for children's services Melinda Tilney.
"My name is on the petition but I don't want to discuss this any further," she said.
Jill Huish, leader of the Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres campaign, said the cuts were harming ordinary people.
“It shows how deep austerity is cutting our most vulnerable when even David Cameron’s mum has had enough," Ms Huish told the Oxford Mail.
Ian Hudspeth, the Conservative leader of Oxfordshire County Council, has previously written a six-page letter addressing "a number of serious issues" with the Prime Minister's misunderstanding of the council's funds.
The pre-election Conservative pledge to cut £12 billion social security spending will require "deep" cuts in disability and other benefits, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies.
Councils, meanwhile, are facing up to 40 per cent cuts to their funding - and must find another £10 billion of "savings" on top of a previous £10 billion in the next two years.
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