New British PM's wife quits her job

13th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

New British Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha announced Thursday she had quit her job to work part-time and look after her children.

The glamorous 39-year-old, dubbed "Sam Cam" in the press as she campaigned by the Conservative leader's side, said she had made the decision after discovering five months ago that she was expecting her fourth child.

Cameron -- whose husband took office on Tuesday -- was creative director for upmarket stationery firm Smythson, but will now instead do part-time consultancy for the company.

"This is a personal decision made when I discovered I was pregnant, and one that I have been considering for some time during what has been an understandably difficult year," she said.

"As a creative consultant working two days a week I will be involved in all the same areas as before, however I will not be directly responsible for them.

"I look forward to my changed role and balancing it with my new day-to-day life as well as being able to spend more time with my children."

Cameron had previously said she had "no plans" to give up her job when her husband is prime minister.

The couple had three children but the oldest, Ivan, was severely disabled and died last year aged just six.

© 2010 AFP

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