No chillaxing for Tory MPs as David Cameron plans conference eve publication date for 'intimate' memoirs

Written by Total Politics Staff on 16 May 2019 in Diary

Even David Cameron has lost his patience with Theresa May's Brexit delays as he reveals pre-exit release date for bombshell memoirs - and it's just days before Conservative conference.

The former Prime Minister is set to do his bit for Tory unity by releasing his "frank" autobiography just days before the party is due to hold its major annual gathering in September.

Mr Cameron had reportedly pushed back the publication date to avoid being a "backseat driver" for Theresa May's Brexit process, but multiple delays mean the former Prime Ministers book is likely to arrive before the UK's halloween exit date.

And his private vow to Mrs May not to "rock the boat" appears to have disintegrated amid news that she will be stepping down from the role over the summer.

The news will leave Tory leadership hopefuls frantically trying to secure the top job before the "intimate" book lands ahead of their appearances in front of the party faithful in Manchester.

Mr Cameron, who banked an eye-watering £800,000 fee for the book, has spent the last few years writing the account of his time in Number 10 from a reportedly £25,000 luxury shed in his back garden.

The former Prime Minister, who called a Brexit referendum in order to placate noisy backbenchers within his own party before scuttling off and leaving someone else to clean up the mess, will use the book to set out his thoughts on "leadership at a time of profound global change".

In a coy statement, the publisher explained Mr Cameron would "shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership - the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria - as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum."

But in begrudging final sentence it adds: "He will provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain’s place in the world in the light of Brexit."

The book is expected to arrive on shelves on 19 September - unless of course it seems doomed to failure and he decides to flounce off back to his shed.


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