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Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Sue Lawley's castaway is leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition. He was elected last December, beating his rival David Davis by more than 70,000 votes. Educated at Eton and Oxford, should he become Prime Minister, he would be the first Conservative Old Etonian to do so since Sir Alec Douglas-Home in 1963. He grew up in West Berkshire, the son of a stockbroker father and a mother who was a magistrate.

After graduating with a First in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, he joined the Conservative Research Department in 1988, where he witnessed the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. He became special adviser to the former chancellor Norman Lamont and was at his side on Black Wednesday. His own political career took off in 2001 when he was elected MP for Witney. From the beginning he was tipped for high office and in 2004 he joined Michael Howard's shadow cabinet. He divides his time between homes in London and an Oxfordshire village, where he has won first prize for his home-grown tomatoes.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
Book: The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Luxury: A crate of Scottish whisky

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Fri 2 Jun 2006 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Bob Dylan

      Tangled Up In Blue

      • Bob Dylan: Real Live.
      • CBS.
  • Benny Hill

    Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

    • Ernie.
    • EMI.
  • Pink Floyd

    Wish You Were Here

    • Echoes - The Best of Pink Floyd.
    • EMI.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    O, for the wings of a dove (from Hear My Prayer)

    Soloist: Kiri Te Kanawa Orchestra: Utah Symphony Orchestra

    • Essential Wedding Collection.
    • Decca.
  • Radiohead

    Fake Plastic Trees

    • Fake Plastic Trees.
    • Parlophone.
  • The Smiths

    This Charming Man

    • This Charming Man.
    • WEA.
  • R.E.M.

    Perfect Circle

    • Best of R.E.M.
    • I.R.S..
  • The Killers

    All These Things That I've Done

    • All These Things that I've Done.
    • Lizard King.
  • Book Choice

    • The River Cottage Cookbook - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

  • Luxury Choice

    • A crate of Scottish whisky


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest David Cameron


  • Sun 28 May 2006 11:15
  • Fri 2 Jun 2006 09:00

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