Forgot something? David and Samantha Cameron left their daughter in a country pub in England after a Sunday lunch.
From the National Post
LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron accidentally left his eight-year-old daughter at the pub after a family lunch following a mix-up with his wife, his Downing Street office confirmed Monday.
Nancy Cameron wandered off to the toilets while the premier and his wife Samantha were arranging lifts from the pub near his country residence outside London, and the couple only realised she was missing once they got home.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said the Camerons took full responsibility for the incident, which happened a “couple of months ago” and that police protection officers who were with them would not face disciplinary action.
“The prime minister was distraught when he realised he had left his daughter in the pub,” the spokeswoman told reporters after the story was revealed by The Sun newspaper.
“He was reassured when he realised that she was in the pub and she was fine, and he immediately went to collect her.”
She added: “There was a mix-up. Sam thought the PM had Nancy, the PM thought Sam had Nancy.
“There were also other children going in different vehicles, and as soon as they realised that an error had been made they did something about it.”
The Camerons had been having Sunday lunch at The Plough in Cadsden, near the prime minister’s country retreat of Chequers in Buckinghamshire, southeast England with their children — Nancy, six-year-old Arthur and 22-month-old Florence — and two other families.
Nancy was separated from her parents for around 15 minutes before Cameron collected her.
The spokeswoman would not confirm whether or not Cameron had drunk alcohol when the incident happened.
“As you know, the prime minister is a very busy man but he always tries to live as normal a life as possible with his family, and that does mean going to different occasions with friends,” she said.
She said he “occasionally” went to the pub.
The Downing Street spokesman said there were no plans for an official inquiry into a possible security lapse but said his security arrangements were “always kept under review.”
“No one’s going to face disciplinary action, this is an error,” she said.
“They’re their children, they take responsibility for their own children.”
But British media also picked on the fact that news of Cameron’s blunder emerged on the same day as the government announced an expansion of a government scheme to help 120,000 so-called “troubled families”.
The revelation comes just weeks after a new biography of Conservative leader Cameron said the prime minister was an expert at “chillaxing” and switching off from the pressures of running the country.
The book by journalists Frances Elliott and James Hanning said he enjoyed a few glasses of wine with Sunday lunch and played tennis against a machine nicknamed “the Clegger”, after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
It quoted an aide of Cameron as saying: “If there was an Olympic gold medal for ’chillaxing’, the Prime Minister would win it.”
“Chillaxing” is a newly-coined portmanteau British slang term mixing the words “chilling” and “relaxing”.