David Cameron has announced that he plans to remain in Parliament after standing down as Prime Minister.
He will run in the 2020 election to keep his seat as the Conservative MP for Witney, he said today.
“I love being MP for Witney and am very keen to continue. I draw huge strength from being a Member of Parliament in Oxfordshire," he told BBC Oxford.
Mr Cameron previously said that his second term in Number 10 would be his last and he will not attempt to lead the Conservatives after the next election.
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 Prime Minister once compared terms to Shredded Wheat breakfast cereal, quipping: “Two are wonderful but three might just be too many.”
He has represented his constituency, which houses affluent Cotswold towns including Chipping Norton, since 2001 and was re-elected last year with a majority of 25,155.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, Chancellor George Osborne and Boris Johnson, the Eurosceptic Mayor of London and Tory MP, are among those tipped run as Conservative leader.
Division within the party has come under scrutiny since the launch of the EU referendum campaign, with Mr Cameron’s position to stay in the union opposed by Michael Gove, Mr Johnson and other prominent MPs.
Additional reporting by PA