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Emotional David Cameron tells memorial for brother Alex ‘he was my hero’ | Politics | News

An emotional David Cameron has told a memorial service that his brother Alex was his hero.

Mr Cameron, 56, was speaking at a memorial service for his elder brother who died earlier this year at the age of 59 from cancer.

The former Prime Minister said “he was my hero” at the congregation in St Luke’s Church, Chelsea.

Mr Cameron added that he credited his brother with helping him become Prime Minister in 2010.

Another friend, Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, added that at one point Alexander had considered dropping law and instead pursuing a career as a bullfighter.

The Mail reported that he said: “Al confided he was thinking about giving it all up to pursue a career in bullfighting.

“In his twenties, Alex developed an unlikely love of bullfighting. At one time he was the only non-Spanish speaking UK subscriber to a Spanish bullfighting magazine.”

Mr Wilmot-Sitwell attended the congregation along with friends and family of the late barrister who died on March 21 after stepping down in 2020 due to his cancer diagnosis.

Alexander’s death was announced by his chambers, Three Raymond Buildings, earlier this year.

In a statement, they said: “It is with immense sadness that Chambers announces the death of Alexander Cameron KC.

“Alex was considered to be one of the best silks at the Criminal Bar during his illustrious career and was a hugely respected and inspirational head of these Chambers.

“He will be missed enormously, and our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Sarah, their children Imogen and Angus, and to his wider family.”

Writing about his brother when he guest edited an edition of the Big Issue in 2011, Mr Cameron reflected on Alexander’s impact on his life. He said: “I lived in the shadow of my older brother.

“He was three years older and was a huge success. It was great to have that kind of role model and I was incredibly proud of him, but like many younger brothers, you find yourself always a few steps behind.

“If I could give my younger self some advice, I’d say: don’t worry about it. Your life is not predetermined.

“You’ll find your own feet in your own way. It was not until I left school that I felt I was breaking out of my brother’s shadow and doing my own thing.”

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