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Cameron quits as MP and takes up position once held by SF's Adams and McGuinness

By PA Reporters

Published 13/09/2016

Standing down: David Cameron
Standing down: David Cameron

David Cameron has quit as an MP - and now takes on a title once held by both Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

Mr Cameron said he was stepping down because he fears becoming a "distraction" for the Government and pointed out he holds his "own views" on certain issues.

The former prime minister denied his decision was linked to Theresa May's plan to introduce a new wave of grammar schools, insisting the timing was "coincidental".

He had previously said he planned to fight the 2020 general election, but said yesterday it "isn't really possible" to sit on the backbenches after being in No 10.

The Treasury later confirmed that Mr Cameron had been appointed to the office of Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, the arcane method by which MPs resign from the House of Commons. The post carries no salary or responsibilities, but as a Crown appointment renders the holder ineligible to sit as an MP.

It is one of two nominal posts which allow MPs to formally leave the Commons, the other being Crown Steward and Bailiff of the three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham.

But by chance Mr Cameron's new position has previously been held by the two most senior members of Sinn Fein.

While Mr Adams declined to apply for the Crown office when he quit in 2011 to run for the Irish parliament, the Speaker appointed him regardless. Mr McGuinness also rejected the appointment when he stood down in 2013 to avoid 'double jobbing' as an MLA.

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