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David Cameron tells Grazia magazine about the "immense void" left by Ivan and also discusses his teenage drinking

6pm update: Click here for a second instalment of extracts from the interview.


Ivan Cameron and familyThere is much coverage across the papers today of the interview with David Cameron featured in the new edition of women's magazine Grazia.

Interviews with lifestyle magazines have occasionally seen off-guard politicians drop clangers over the years, but the Tory leader appears to have emerged unscathed from this encounter, with most papers choosing to focus on family matters rather than his admission of drinking too much as a teenager.

Here are the highlights:

On the void left by Ivan: "So much of our life was arranged around Ivan, the void is immense. But also, you are suddenly able to do things you couldn't do before, like walk across a muddy field perhaps, and you find yourself there quickly and it's like 'oh, here we are' followed by a feeling of guilt because you're having a good time and he's not there."

On his desire for more children: "I'd certainly like to, but we'll have to wait and see if the stork drops one off."

On Samantha:  "She'd much rather sit at home watching The Wire with a plate of pasta than be at some exciting, flesh-pressing opportunity... She has a brilliant 10,000 feet view. Because she's busy designing the next hit handbag or whatever, she has an objectivity that is incredibly useful in a politician's life. There will be something I've had a long meeting about, juggling thoughts about whether we should do x or y, and later at home she will just say 'well, it's completely obvious that you should do y'. She's interested in politics but sometimes politicians have their own language and she cures me of that regularly. She'll say: 'If you put it like that, no-one will have a clue what you're on about'... My conference speech, the important one I did without notes, I practised it on her. But even then, I'm not sure she made it to the end. She probably thought it was too boring."

On his teenage drinking: "When I was 14, 15, 16, I was doing things that teenagers do in terms of drinking too much, being caught having the odd fag, things like that... I didn’t do particularly well in my O levels, but I was fortunate enough that 16 was a turning point for me. I was, in some ways, heading in the wrong direction and I pulled myself up and headed in the right one.”

Jonathan Isaby


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