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David Cameron gets to grips with Winnie the Pooh

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Media captionDavid Cameron on ITV Daybreak: "I don't think we'll see Samantha giving a speech for me"

He was fat, lazy, slow-witted and had a serious honey habit - but would he have got a seat in David Cameron's cabinet?

The PM has spent the week reshuffling his top team but he was also trying to get to grips with the poetry of Winnie the Pooh, he has revealed.

"I was trying to do a poem on furry bear while doing all the other things that were going on," he told ITV1's Daybreak.

"It has been quite complicated," he added of his children's homework task.

"I hope it hasn't got in the way of the conduct of government."

Perennial children's favourite Furry Bear, by AA Milne, is one of the collected poems of Winnie the Pooh. Mr Cameron's attempts to emulate the great children's author remain under wraps.

Mr Cameron told Daybreak host the eldest of his three children, Nancy, 8, and Arthur, 6, had been "desperate to go back" to back to their state primary school after the summer break so that they could see their friends.

He also said wife Samantha was not planning to follow in the footsteps of Michelle Obama, who this week grabbed headlines at the Democratic national convention by making a speech from the platform of the Democratic National Convention in support of husband Barack's re-election bid.

"I don't think we will be seeing her on a platform making a speech for me," said the PM, adding: "I value my marriage too much to suggest it."

But he and Samantha often shared political "pillow talk", he told host Lorraine Kelly.

His wife, who runs an upmarket stationary company, gave "wise advice because she is not obsessed with politics" and had a "very good 40,000ft view of what is going on".

The PM also revealed that his family had been burgled twice, before they moved to Downing Street, describing it as a "hateful" crime.

The comments came after Judge Peter Bowers sparked an outcry during a case at Teesside Crown Court.

Judge Bowers apparently told an offender who raided three homes in five days: "It takes a huge amount of courage, as far as I can see, for somebody to burgle somebody's house. I wouldn't have the nerve."

Handing the 26-year-old man a suspended 12-month term, the judge said: "I'm going to take a chance on you."

Mr Cameron stressed that he had not seen the details of the case, but added: "I am very clear that burglary is not bravery. Burglary is cowardice. Burglary is a hateful crime.

"People sometimes say it is not a violent crime, but actually if you have been burgled, you do feel it was violence."

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