Cameron’s legacy

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On Tuesday evening I went to 10 Downing Street for what was labelled as the last supper. Around 30 family and friends of the Camerons were there. I found the Prime Minister, as he then still was, relaxed and his children were running around determined no doubt, to enjoy their last moments in this historic house. When I left I walked through a building that seemed eerily quiet, almost as if it was holding its breath. The door to the Cabinet Room was open and I wandered in. The French windows were open to the garden and a breeze was blowing through the room. I half expected to see the ghost of a past Prime Minister sitting at the table. As I left No 10 I found Larry the cat sitting on the road outside. His face was inscrutable but he seemed to exude a sense of continuity.

The next day must have been a tough one for the Cameron family. David's performance at Prime Minister's Questions was as faultless as it was poignant. Then the well-choreographed process of transition got underway.

Theresa May took command and showed from the start that she will be a strong and resolute Prime Minister. As for David Cameron, how will his premiership be remembered? At the moment his failure to convince the nation on our membership of the EU occupies minds but over time he will be seen as what someone on Tuesday night called "the quiet revolutionary". He reformed so much of government in a way that has changed so many lives for the better: many more children now in good or outstanding schools; more families with wages coming in rather than welfare payments; fewer people waiting too long for an operation; more people running their own businesses; and Britain a greener and healthier place for future generations. In 2005, I sat in David's House of Commons office with seven or eight colleagues as we discussed whether he should try to lead our Party. My faith in my friend then has been more than repaid by what he has achieved for our country. I hope his successor builds on his achievements. Her words on the steps of No 10 showed she has every intention of doing so.

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