David Cameron plots white water revenge on former ministers

Written by James Millar on 17 July 2017 in Diary
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Former MP also said his memoirs will be worth the wait, once he's finished writing them

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted he would like to set some of his former cabinet colleagues adrift on a 'dangerous river'. The comment is believed to be a dig at Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, both of whom campaigned to leave the EU at last year's referendum which cost Cameron his job.

Asked at a meeting of the National Citizenship Service which he set up, whether any of his ministers needed to go on one of the outdoors activities that the NCS provides for youngsters he said: "If it involved crossing a very, very dangerous river on a raft, I can think of a few I'd want to strap together."

Cameron was giving his first interview since the general election in which he said the results which saw the majority he won in 2015 disappear had been 'depressing'.

He also revealed that he's struggling to complete his memoirs but promised that when his book is published it will be a "rip-roaring read".

Speaking to the Evening Standard Cameron said it was 'depressing' that the Tory party had lost seats in the cities on June 8 but he didn't believe that the party was seen as anti-urban. He also praised Theresa May's first speech as PM last summer when she promised to tackle 'burning injustices' but he warned that the Conservatives must not take the wrong direction and should aim to generate the same sort of enthusiasm that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party does.

"It is very important that the Conservative party doesn't slip backwards," he said. "The Conservative party only succeeds if it is a party of the future. Modernisation isn't an event. It is a process. I want us to go on being the open, liberal, tolerant party that we became post-2005 because I think that was part of our success."

In Number 10 Cameron gained a reputation as the 'essay crisis PM' who left things to the last minute to deal with. He appears to be living up to that title with his approach to writing his memoirs. He admitted it's hard work and his memory occasionally fails him but that he's enjoying writing it.

Cameron, who was spotted at Wimbledon last weekend with his mum, said he'd no plans to return to frontline politics He said: "When you leave office you sort of know you can't run back on the pitch and give the ball a kick. Well, you can but it's not a sensible thing to do. You watch it, you are fascinated by it but you have to get on with other bits of your life."

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