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Former British PM David Cameron steps down from parliament

Cameron's resignation from parliament is unusually quick as former prime ministers have retained their seats for years after leaving Downing Street. Photograph: (Getty)

London, United Kingdom Sep 12, 2016, 03.05 PM (IST)

Britain's former prime minister David Cameron has resigned his seat in the House of Commons, he told broadcaster ITV in an interview Monday.

Cameron stepped down as prime minister in June, hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in which he had campaigned to stay in the bloc.

"In my view, with modern politics, with the circumstances of my resignation it isn't really possible to be a proper backbench MP as a former prime minister," Cameron told the broadcaster.

"I think everything you do will become a big distraction and a big diversion from what the government needs to do for our country."

Cameron's resignation from parliament is unusually quick -- former prime ministers have typically retained their seats for a number of years after leaving the official Downing Street residence.


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