David Cameron's daughter Nancy left behind at pub

David and Samantha Cameron The Camerons were at the pub with their children and two other families

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, left their eight-year-old daughter, Nancy, in a pub after having Sunday drink, Downing Street has confirmed.

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It's a heart-stopping moment - one that my family experienced not that long ago.”

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She is reported to have spent a quarter of an hour at the Plough Inn at Cadsden, in Buckinghamshire, before Mrs Cameron returned to collect her.

Number 10 said the couple had been "distraught" when they realised Nancy was not with them.

It said the incident had happened "a couple of months ago".

The Camerons were at the pub, near the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, with Nancy and their other children Arthur, six, and 22-month-old Florence, as well as two other families.

After leaving, Mr Cameron went home in one car with his bodyguards and thought Nancy was with his wife and their other children in another car.


Mrs Cameron had assumed her elder daughter was with her father. The mistake was discovered when they got home.

When the prime minister's wife returned to collect Nancy she found her helping staff.

Downing Street said no protection officers would face disciplinary action over the incident, adding that security arrangements were constantly under review.

A spokesman said: "The prime minister and Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn't with them.

"Thankfully when they phoned the pub she was there safe and well."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who is promoting a scheme to give English councils a financial incentive to deal with "troubled families", was asked on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast if he drew parallels between them and parents who inadvertently left their children in a pub.

"We're definitely not talking about that - mainly for my job security," he replied.

Mr Pickles was also asked about the incident during a BBC News Channel interview, saying: "I'm very glad that Nancy was missing for only 15 minutes. It could happen to anybody. It must be any family's nightmare."


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    Comment number 1068.

    This is not news. When I'd thought my daughter (aged 4) had wandered off from my house some twenty years ago it was the most terrifying moment of my life. In fact she had crawled under the bed asleep. I am not impressed by his political skillls but sympathise and empathise with the panic all parents feel when this happens.

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    Comment number 1067.

    What on earth were their security detail doing? And was an 8 yr old allowed to disappear into the ladies on her own when she is a potential hostage? Whoever was in charge of the security detail should be very uncomfortable...

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    Comment number 914.

    Why is this news? This is such a minor thing especially considering all the other pressing matters that the country has going on at the moment.

    The poor girl got left behind. They realized quickly and went back to get her. She's alright. Let's move on.

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    Comment number 911.

    I agree it probably isn't newsworthy, but since its in the news... I would have to agree with the few people who are shocked.

    I also have never "forgotten" my children. Its lazy parenting to assume the other parent has the children without making sure!

    Perhaps a quick phone call to your other half before leaving the pub would have been a GOOD idea?

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    Comment number 693.

    I reckon most parents have at some time either forgotten their children or some confusion has occurred as to whom was picking them up.
    This really is a non story, especially when you have news like one hundred thousand million Euros being given to the Spanish Banks. That almost wipes out the reserve of the ECB in one go. I hope they are sure about Italy, Portugal etc. Theres nothing left!


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