PM denies wife Syria influence

Downing Street has played down reports David Cameron was being pushed into taking more action on Syria by his wife Samantha. The Times quoted a Cabinet Minister saying that Mrs Cameron was the "biggest explanation" for the Prime Minister's stance.

PM 'not pushed by wife' on Syria

Downing Street has played down reports that David Cameron was being pushed into taking more action on Syria by his wife Samantha Cameron.

The Times quoted a Cabinet Minister saying that Mrs Cameron was the "biggest explanation" for the Prime Minister's stance on the conflict.

Downing Street has played down reports that David Cameron was being pushed into taking more action on Syria by his wife. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Whilst acknowledging that Samantha Cameron had been affected by her visit to Syria, the Prime Minster's spokesman insisted that policy on Syria was a matter for the National Security Council:

"I would proceed with a fair bit of caution on this one. The Government's approach to Syria is driven through the National Security Council. That is where our policy and approach is driven."

Read: Samantha Cameron 'pressuring the PM over Syria'

Samantha Cameron 'pressuring the PM over Syria'

David Cameron is being pressured by his wife to do more in the Syrian conflict senior government sources have told the Times.

Samantha Cameron with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Samantha Cameron with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Credit: Save The Children

Samantha Cameron visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon in March and is cited as the "biggest explanation" for the Prime Minister's stance over the conflict.

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Sources close to Mr Cameron confirmed to the paper that his wife had pushed for a more robust response to the humanitarian crisis.

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