David and Samantha Cameron: ‘Distraught’
June 11: David and Samantha Cameron left their eight-year-old daughter alone in a pub as they travelled home from Sunday lunch with friends, it emerged last night.
The Prime Minister, his wife and three children had enjoyed an afternoon meal with two other families at The Plough in Cadsden, Buckinghamshire, when they took their eye off their eldest daughter Nancy.
When the family gathered their things and left Cameron shared a car with his bodyguards while Samantha followed behind with son Elwen, six, and daughter Florence, 22 months.
The Prime Minister thought Nancy was in the car with his wife, while Samantha thought she had jumped in with her father. It was only when both cars pulled up to Chequers, 3km away, that they realised she was not there.
A Downing Street source said the “distraught” parents rushed inside and telephoned the pub, where staff reassured them that their daughter had been found alone in the lavatory and was being looked after.
The staff knew who the girl was but had been unable to contact her parents because, as one pub insider put it: “It’s not like you can look up David Cameron in the phone book and then ring to say, ‘You’ve left your daughter behind’.”
“You’d have thought someone would have done a headcount or something," the insider told The Sun.
“Pub staff found their daughter in the toilet and didn’t know what to do.
“It’s frightening the Prime Minister of Britain can forget something so important as his own daughter.” Cameron jumped straight in the car and rushed back to collect his daughter, arriving at the pub about 15 minutes after the family had originally left.
Upon his arrival he was relieved to find Nancy contentedly helping out the staff, according to reports. Downing Street confirmed the incident had happened after a Sunday lunch but the exact date was not known.
Cameron’s friends have recently told how he likes to “chillax” at his country retreat during weekends, sometimes enjoying three or four glasses of wine with lunch.
He also unwinds by watching films on television and is partial to an afternoon nap, it was claimed.
The Plough is described on its website as “a traditional old English pub with a warm welcome” and “the perfect stop off point to enjoy a quiet drink, good quality food and a friendly atmosphere, all in stunning surroundings”.
It serves “home cooked hearty food” using locally sourced ingredients and boasts a beer garden situated in an “area of outstanding natural beauty”, it claims.
The disclosure in The Sun newspaper has the potential to embarrass Cameron, coming on the day the government launched a fresh drive to tackle “problem families” who lead chaotic lives and cost taxpayers millions of pounds in policing and welfare costs.