Statement by Professor Thom Brooks (Head, Durham Law School) on former PM David Cameron's resignation from Parliament:
· David Cameron is – in many ways – a great success. He revolutionised the Conservatives into a new look (complete with new tree logo) modernised political party that brought an end to the Blair-Brown years under Labour.
· Cameron’s greatest triumph was probably in defeating the polls ahead of the 2015 General Election where many had the Tories pegged to come second behind Labour. Cameron’s Tories went on to win an outright majority.
· And to his credit, the Tories were able to expand their MPs on re-election – a rare political feat.
· But Cameron will not be remembered for any of this. It is the decision to hold a referendum he never needed and that he lost over Brexit that will define his legacy in history books for years to come.
· Fearing that UKIP might cost the Tories the election, he promised an EU referendum if the Tories formed a government. And – to his shock – he got his wish.
· Then fearing summer stories about migration that also never materialised, a referendum bill was rushed through Parliament and the public had the spring to decide.
· When Cameron took over the Tories, they were divided over Europe. Now the country is too.
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