Cameron the proud dad of 'beautiful' girl
Published 25/08/2010 | 05:00
DAVID CAMERON yesterday became the proud father of an "unbelievably beautiful girl" when wife Samantha gave birth during the family's holiday.
The Prime Minister's fourth child was born at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro at midday, about three weeks early.
Last night, the Camerons were still discussing what to call their daughter, who weighed 6lb, 1oz.
Mr Cameron is expected to extend his summer break by another week and may spend a period of paternity leave at his official Chequers country estate.
Speaking outside the hospital yesterday, Mr Cameron said: "We're absolutely thrilled. She is an unbelievably beautiful girl and I'm a very proud dad and both baby and mum seem to be doing really well, so it's really exciting."
It is unusual for serving prime ministers to become fathers. Tony Blair was the first in modern times when his son Leo was born on May 20, 2000.
He followed Lord John Russell who was prime minister when he became a father on July 11, 1849. The Camerons' first child, Ivan, died 18 months ago aged six, after a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Mrs Cameron was due to give birth in mid-September but over the past two days she began to have contractions. She was taken by car at about 8am yesterday for a check-up at a hospital near the holiday home.
The baby was delivered by caesarean section at lunchtime.
Mr Cameron said: "Samantha woke up this morning and thought she was having contractions and it was all beginning to get going so we thought we'd come to the hospital just to get everything checked out.
"Then things sped up and it all happened very, very quickly and the baby popped out at about 12 o'clock." (©Daily Telegraph, London)