Looking back on David Cameron’s 10 years as Tory leader, top ten moments

As David Cameron marks a decade at the top of the Conservative Party we look back at some of the more memorable incidents away from the cut and thrust of the political arena that have dominated his leadership:

New Conservative leader David Cameron acknowledging applause

:: The Prime Minister famously likes to “chillax” when he can grab a spare few minutes, spending time playing Angry Birds or watching one his box sets. But the relaxed approach went a little too far when he spent the afternoon with his family in a local pub and returned home without daughter Nancy, who was then eight-years-old. Mr Cameron rushed back to the Plough Inn in Cadsden, Buckinghamshire, where he found his daughter safe and well with staff.

:: When Mr Cameron has a few days free in the diary he likes to head off on his holidays, with destinations including Spain, Italy and Portugal. The getaways are often the source of discomfort for the Tory leader, however. As well as picking up an ear infection while surfing on holiday in Alvor he was stung by a jelly fish in Lanzarote. Holiday snaps from his trips have also been less than flattering on occasion with Mr Cameron mocked for one picture where he is seen putting his shorts on at a Cornwall beach under a Mickey Mouse towel as well as being criticised for his choice of vacation footwear and clothing.

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:: 2010 was a year for double celebrations in the Cameron household when the family gained the keys to No 10 and welcomed a new addition to the family. The PM’s wife gave birth to Florence Rose Endellion three months after her husband took power.

:: Mr Cameron followed in the footsteps of previous Prime Minister Gordon Brown by falling prey to a stray microphone in a gaffe that led to him making a personal apology to the Queen. During indiscreet chatter with former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg the premier disclosed that she ‘’purred’’ when he informed her of the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

:: The Tory leader regularly demonstrates his action man credentials with displays of sporting prowess. Often pictured jogging, the Witney MP has braved wintry conditions to take part in a river race in Oxfordshire as well as taking a dip in near freezing waters in Northern Ireland while at a summit. Mr Cameron has also thrashed former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the tennis court and previously cycled to work, although he was followed by an official car carrying sensitive documents.

:: Early on in his leadership Mr Cameron called for more understanding of why young people commit crime in what became known as a “hug a hoodie” policy. The Tory leader was later photo-bombed by a hoodie wearing Manchester teenager who ran up behind him and made a gun gesture with his hand and pretended to shoot him.

:: The Prime Minister made clear his distaste for social media when he notoriously declared “too many twits might make a twat”. But, he later relented by launching his own Twitter account in 2012.

David Cameron has opened the Syria debate in the Commons

:: Mr Cameron’s outside interests have left him red-faced on occasion. The Prime Minister has regularly waxed lyrical about his love of 1980s band The Smiths and chose This Charming Man as one of his all-time favourites on Desert Island Discs but was “banned” from listening to them by guitarist Johnny Marr. Mr Cameron was also roundly mocked when he mixed up his supposed favourite football team, Aston Villa, with West Ham, during a speech.

:: It may be nearly 30 years since Mr Cameron graduated but his time at Oxford continues to cause him a headache. Alongside the picture of Mr Cameron in the extravagant garb of the elite Bullingdon Club, unsubstantiated claims that he took part in a bizarre student initiation ceremony involving a dead pig sent shockwaves round Westminster.

:: Mr Cameron faced the wrath of the people of Yorkshire when he was caught joking about people from the county all hating one another. But he was later given ‘’absolution’’ from ‘’two of the greatest living Yorkshiremen’’ when cricketer Geoffrey Boycott and umpire Dickie Bird both recognised it as ‘’a joke’’.

File photo dated 20/04/06 of Conservative Party David Cameron driving a Dog-sled on his way to the Scott-Turner glacier on the island of Svalbard, Norway, as Mr Cameron marks 10 years as leader of the Conservative Party on December 6. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 3, 2015. Mr Cameron is only the fourth Conservative leader to reach this milestone since the start of the 20th century, trailing behind Stanley Baldwin, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire
Prime minister David Cameron with One Direction
Tory leadership candidates David Cameron (left) and David Davis at Repton School, Derbyshire.