David Cameron Left His Daughter, 8, In Pub

Ian Woods, Sky News correspondent
Sky News11 June 2012
David Cameron Left His Daughter, 8, In Pub

The Prime Minister David Cameron has accepted responsibility for leaving his eight-year-old daughter in a pub, after he and the rest of the family returned to Chequers.

Nancy Cameron was looked after by staff at the The Plough Inn at Cadsden for 15 minutes before Mr Cameron's wife, Samantha, rushed back to collect her. The mix up happened in April.

The Camerons had walked the short distance from the Prime Minister's official country house and had lunch with their three children and two other families.

The landlord Steve Hollings told Sky News that Mr Cameron behaves like any other family man when he pops into his local pub. Security staff maintain a low profile.

After lunch, the group was collected by two vehicles and Mr Cameron thought Nancy was in the second car with his wife, six-year-old Arthur, and Florence who's 22 months old; Samantha believed Nancy was with her father.

But the little girl had gone to the toilet and when she came out, her family had gone. They only realised she was missing when they got back to Chequers.

After initially saying that it was the Prime Minister who returned to the pub to collect her, Downing St was forced to change its version of events when bar staff insisted it was Mrs Cameron who collected Nancy.

A Number 10 spokesman said he was "distraught" when he realised his daughter had been left behind.

Mr Cameron's bodyguards are there to protect him, not assist with childcare so although "security is kept under constant review, no one will face disciplinary action.

"The Prime Minister takes full responsibility for this mistake."

The incident has not deterred the Camerons from further outings to The Plough.

They returned to the pub on Sunday and the landlord has said Mrs Cameron warned them that the story of their misplaced daughter was about to be revealed by the media.

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