Newspapers give the final verdict on David Cameron on his last day at Number 10


It's David Cameron's last day in office at Number 10, and everyone is marking the occasion by giving their verdict on his six years as Prime Minister.

Major newspapers agree that, despite his achievements in improving the economy and legalising gay marriage, the outgoing Tory leader, aged 49, will be remembered for Brexit and the referendum that prompted his resignation last month.

As the Camerons pack their last bits and pieces from the flat above Number 11 Downing Street on Wednesday - a move which required 330 boxes, 30 rolls of tape and three rolls of bubble wrap, according to a removal worker's forms - here's what the papers are saying...

The Telegraph: "He boosted the economy but alienated traditionalist Tories"

The Telegraph says Cameron alienated some of his own supporters (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

He might be leaving behind a "thriving economy", but the editorial is not optimistic that Cameron will be remembered for anything other than the result of the EU referendum.

While the paper celebrates his success at returning the Tories to power after three successive election defeats, it also notes that "in his search for new voters, Mr Cameron succeeded in alienating traditionalist Tories, many of whom left the party for Ukip".

The Sun: "He was panicked into major errors"

His overconfidence was his downfall, says The Sun.
His overconfidence was his downfall, says The Sun (Andrew Matthews/PA)

While also celebrating his work on improving the economy, reporters dwell on his failure to curb immigration and the way he was "panicked into major errors" like the Leveson Inquiry and cuts to tax credits.

Cameron, it says, was eventually "undone by his Olympian overconfidence" over the referendum and must now hand over the years in which he thought he would make the most difference to Theresa May.

The Guardian: "Small gains by a prime minister of broken promises"

A PM of broken promises, says The Guardian.
A PM of broken promises, says The Guardian (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The paper's leader calls him a "prime minister of broken promises" who betrayed the best interests of his country despite his initial promise.

Instead of fulfilling the new, green and compassionate version of Conservatism, he has smaller gains to his name in the form of gay marriage and a commitment to international development.

Having been beset by his "instinctive preference for short-term tactics over long-term strategy", he will be remembered for Brexit, the leader says.

The Times: "A career spent kicking cans down the road"

David Cameron.
A career spent "kicking cans down the road" (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Cameron's own biographer Francis Elliott also writes about the problems caused by short-termism, saying: "At its best his blithe pragmatism allowed Britain to find its own middle way and keep out of trouble. And yet there was always going to be a cost to dodging difficult decisions.

"For some, his losing the EU referendum - arguably itself the ultimate abrogation of prime ministerial responsibility - is just deserts for a career spent kicking cans down the road."