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Dave’s bargain basement book deal isn’t quite the big earner he was hoping for

Poor old David Cameron. His defeat in the referendum campaign left critics saying he was the worst Prime Minister ever. Now, it seems, it’s not only his legacy which falls short of some of his predecessors. Having quit Parliament, Dave was planning to use the next year to cash in on his memoirs. When his book was first touted, there was talk of the former PM earning a multi-million pound payment. Some said his advance could even match – or beat – that of Tony Blair, who picked up £4.6m for his book ‘A Journey’.

Instead, the actual amount Cameron will earn is something of a disappointment. It’s being reported today that he’ll get an advance of £800,000 for his book. It’s hardly a small sum but compared to the amount earned by Blair, Mr S thinks Dave’s payment makes him something of a bargain basement buy-up. Dave’s advance also falls well short of the £3.5m earned by Margaret Thatcher for her best-selling book. Still, at least Dave can console himself with the fact his advance was higher than one former political figure: Peter Mandelson, whose memoirs earned him just £150,000….

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