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.

'Nightmare'

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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 1080.

    I’m not sure I understand why this has made the new let alone talking point sounds like a mistake where each parent believed she was with the other, it was quickly discovered and rectified I’m sure the whole family had a bit of a fright. In any case no real harm seems to have been done and it’s hardly worthy of national news.

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    Comment number 1079.

    A 2-month old "story" happily released to try and take our eyes off Osborne at Leveson. Sorry I can't wait for Osborne to go.

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    Comment number 1078.

    I estimate that of all the families I know, maybe 50% have left their children somewhere by mistake - it happens far more frequently than one would think. (It never happened to us, amazingly). Give the Camerons a break - with the various cars, security people around and associated confusion, I would think it easy to make the mistake. Worry more about your economy !

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1077.

    Children get lost every year at Stompin music festival, with 1 exception, all found within minutes. A family of 5 did what the have done Camerons. He thought she had the 3rd child, she thought he had her. After a leisurely walk back the oversight became immediately apparent, a 20min walk retraced in a frantic sprint. Toddler and Mum were reunited and hopefully will be at this years event

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1076.

    DC probably has most of the cabinet and party signed in here to upload positive comments about losing children.

    Just goes to prove when lecturing people about parenting 'let those without sin cast the first stone'. Same as John Major with 'victorian values'.

    Politicians, don't we just love em !

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1075.

    1065.Some Lingering Fog
    You must shock very easily.
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    Nah. As a parent to whom nothing like this ever happened, I am shocked how casually people try and gloss this over because just they voted for this man. My children started to use the Underground to go to school by themselves from when they were 12, but that was a conscious decision, not a “slip of the mind”.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1074.

    1069: What is happening with the quality of BBC editorship over the last few weeks?

    GET A GRIP!!
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    Might be a better question to ask why 1069 comments have been generated by a "non-story". Obviously BBC must have got the idea that this would be quite a conversation starter. Quite correctly, it seems. Dear Prudence!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1073.

    There's no point moaning at the BBC, given the gutter level standard of many of the 1000 comments, they are clearly giving many of you exactly what you want.

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    Comment number 1072.

    THIS IS NOT NEWS.

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    Comment number 1071.

    I wish we could leave them in a far off country

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    Comment number 1070.

    It could happen to anyone, i doubt it was intentional, anfd im not a Conservative supporter

    i fail to see why this is news?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1069.

    What is happening with the quality of BBC editorship over the last few weeks?

    GET A GRIP!!

  • rate this
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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...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1066.

    DC does seem to be going through a "Captain Calamity" phase at the moment - I'm sure this was the last thing he needs right now. Most PMs do go through stages like this when they can't seem to do anything right (usually stoked by media agenda, I have to say!). He is going to need to get his eye back on the ball sooner rather than later though - the next election will be upon us before we know it!

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    Comment number 1065.

    1057. Jesse The Snob Pinkman

    I am shocked at the posters who try and dismiss this as a non-event. Do they do this because they don’t want the image of their precious leader incur an further damage...

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    This is non event regardless of which political leader it was and is nothing more than tabloid trivia.

    You must shock very easily.

    Anyway, off to watch the football. Vive la France!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1064.

    A non story, but an important insight into what appears to be a serious lack of oversight and organisation by the Prime Minister's security team.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1063.

    1037.
    John1948


    "DC a better father tham PM"

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    I agree completely. I would also add that DC is a better female synchronised swimmer than he is a PM.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1062.

    Several comments that question the validity of this article are in the Editor's Picks section...so if said 'editor' is willing to single out the comments containing this question as good comments, then why has the BBC ran this story in the first place? Confused.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1061.

    Osborne unaware of Hunts views ? every man and His Dog and cat and Hampster knew Hunts views - it's too much.

 

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