David Cameron buys luxury hut for writing but his children have other ideas

Ian Francis, News Reporter

While Theresa May grapples with Brexit and fights to win a General Election, her predecessor has pressing matters of his own to get to grips with.

David Cameron has just bought a £25,000 custom-made hut which he had planned to turn into a writing den for his garden in the Cotswolds.

But the former PM has revealed his children have their own plans for the Farrow and Ball-painted hut.

Mr Cameron, who left Downing Street after Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum last year, said: "Well, there's been a bit of a fight already.

"My children want to use it as a Wendy House, I want to use it as a book-writing room and my son also wants it as an alternative bedroom. So, quite a lot of competition.

"When it first arrived there was great excitement - who was going to spend the first night in it?

"Who won? That was my son ... I wasn't going to take him on!"

The 16ft x 7ft hut is no ordinary garden shed. It boasts sheep's wool insulation as well as mod cons such as a dimmer light, classic Bakelite switches, a corner-set wood-burning stove and a pull-out double sofa bed.

Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha decided to buy the hut after admiring one owned by his mother-in-law in her garden in Scotland.

He googled the hut and found a company in Oxfordshire called Red Sky Shepherds Huts.

Its founder, Paul Bennett, took a phone call from Mr Cameron saying he wanted to buy a hut.

Mr Bennett says Mr Cameron's policy of allowing people to cash in their pensions at 55 that provided him with the money to set up his business.

He had been in a stressful job and had dreamed of becoming an artisan cabinet maker.

Mr Bennett said: "The new rules allowing people my age to release the money tied up in pensions was like a gift from heaven for me."

Speaking about Mr Cameron's purchase, Mr Bennett told Sky News: "He is going to use the hut to write his new book. I don't know what the book is about.

"He was an absolute delight. I know people talk about 'Call Me Dave', but he really was a delight and so was Samantha.

"She was really involved in the design of it and it was spot on. It was a fantastic design, she has certainly got an eye."

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