UK Politics

David Cameron waxwork tribute revealed

David Cameron has joined the likes of Winston Churchill, Barack Obama and Tony Blair in having his own wax statue at Madame Tussauds.

The prime minister's likeness was unveiled by wife Samantha in a ceremony at the central London museum.

But, unusually for a politician's wife, she refused to plant a kiss on her "husband's" cheek, for fear that "I might leave my lipstick on him".

However, Mrs Cameron said the model and the man looked "just the same".

The waxwork model of the prime minister took a team of 20 people four months to create, at a cost of £150,000.

The museum commissioned the project after visitors said they would like to see Mr Cameron featured alongside its other famous figures - even before he had entered office.

'Wrinkles intact'

The statue, appearing in front of a mocked-up 10 Downing Street, is clad in a dark Paul Smith suit, white shirt and blue-green tie.

Mrs Cameron said: "They've done the most incredible job. It's amazing. He looks so real. He just looks identical to him really."

Asked whether the sculptors had removed any wrinkles from the face of the prime minister, who was accused of having his image airbrushed for his election campaign posters, she replied: "I don't think so."

Standing next to the eerily still and silent model of her husband, she told reporters: "I'm sure he'll love it."

Mr Cameron was involved in the creation of the figure, sitting for sculptors in Parliament's Portcullis House office suite.

But the model will not be forced to stand alongside former Labour rival Gordon Brown - the only prime minister of recent times who does not feature in the museum.

General manager Edward Fuller explained: "We make waxworks of all our prime ministers who are elected and Gordon Brown wasn't elected."

Other figures who feature at Madame Tussauds include footballer David Beckham, senior Royal Family members, singers Michael Jackson and Madonna, and Mr Cameron's Conservative colleague - London Mayor Boris Johnson.

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