Alex Massie

Mullin on Cameron

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I've been reading Chris Mullin's entertaining diaries and was interested to be reminded that David Cameron was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, chaired by Mullin. The Tory leader doesn't feature often in the diaries, but here's what Mullin has to say:

November 15, 2001: "We have an impressive new Tory on the committee - David Cameron, a young, bright libertarian* who can be relied upon to follow his own instincts rather than the party line."

April 9th, 2002: "More than once, when we reached an impasse, David Cameron came to the rescue. The more I see of him, the more I like. He's bright, personable and refreshingly open-minded. No doubt he'll soon be whisked away to the Tory front bench."

*UPDATE: That Chris Mullin might think Cameron a libertarian doesn't necessarily establish Cameron's libertarian bona fides. Still, back then Cameron was interested in reforming our drug laws...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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