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David Cameron resigns as MP with immediate effect

David Cameron is to stand down as MP for Witney, triggering a by-election in the Oxfordshire seat, he has announced.

Mr Cameron told ITV News that he had thought "long and hard" over his choice but had ultimately decided that he would be a "distraction" from the work of government.

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Cameron's legacy will be damage of Brexit, says Farron

Tim Farron Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrat leader has praised Mr Cameron for forming a coalition government but said his main political legacy would be taking the UK out of Europe to the "huge detriment of future generations".

Tim Farron said that the former prime minister had "demonstrated a capacity to think above and beyond tribal politics" by creating the first post-war coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

He also praised Mr Cameron's qualities of "personal courtesy, humour and thoughtfulness" but said the former leader would be mainly remembered for taking the UK out of the EU in a damaging "gamble".

He has lots of things that he should be proud of but sadly his legacy will be one of accidentally removing us from our closest friends and neighbours in Europe.

He took a politically motivated and short-termist gamble with our country's future, and lost to the huge detriment of future generations. He now leaves the rest of us to pick up the pieces.

– Tim Farron

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