David Cameron wants a return to the cabinet because he is ‘bored s***less’ and has his eye on becoming Foreign Secretary, friends have revealed.
The former Prime Minister is said to be hoping for a return to front-line politics after a new Tory leader succeeds Theresa May post-Brexit.
But the reaction by MPs has been largely negative with former cabinet colleague Iain Duncan-Smith admitting he is still ‘pretty unhappy’ he quit No 10 in July 2016 after losing the referendum because he ‘should have seen it through’.
Mr Cameron was famously called a ‘t***’ by actor Danny Dyer who was branded a hero for saying the ex-PM had ‘scuttled off’ after the EU referendum and said he was now holidaying in Nice ‘with his trotters up’.
Since resigning he has spent much his time writing his book in a £25,000 shed in his Cotswolds garden.
But at 52 it appears he is ready to return with source close to Mr Cameron said he would not rule out going back to Westminster if a future Tory leader asked him.
It will have to wait until after next spring when he releases his memoirs, which is expected to settle scores with Brexiteers including his former friend Michael Gove and Vote Leave figurehead Boris Johnson.
David Cameron pictured outside No 10 with wife Samantha Cameron and children Nancy, Arthur and Florence as he resigned as PM in July 2016 – but friends have claimed he is plotting his return
Mr Cameron has been spending much of his time writing his memoirs in his £25,000 shed and the book, out next year, is expected to settle old scores especially with Brexiteers
The source told The Sun: ‘David is dedicated to public service, and has often said he wouldn’t rule out a public role one day, domestically or internationally.
‘But he is only 52, and still a young man.’
The source added the 52-year-old is ‘bored sh******’ and would consider the move back to front-line politics if called on by a future Tory leader.
The former-PM would of course also have to be re-elected as an MP, or take the more likely route of being given a peerage if he wants to take his place in a future cabinet.
The move would be similar to William Hague who after his failed leadership of the Tory party, returned under Cameron’s government as Foreign Secretary.
Mr Cameron resigned his premiership after defeat in the EU Referendum.
In part of his leaving speech he said: ‘I love this country, and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.’
A spokesman for David Cameron refused to comment last night.
MPs have largely reacted negatively to Mr Cameron’s possible return – with many saying he should have stayed on after the referendum
Former cabinet collague Iain Duncan-Smith said today: ‘I actually thought he should have taken the responsibility having called the referendum to have seen it through and not resigned, I was pretty unhappy with him.
David Cameron, pictured testifying during a hearing at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill in Washington in March 2018, wants a return to front line politics
‘It was his responsibility, he called the referendum. Of course, it is always open if he wants to come back whether he comes into Parliament or goes to the Lords, but I would find that rather peculiar. ‘
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said: ‘It is outrageous, that guy ran away from a referendum result that he put to the country.
‘To just consider coming back as if it’s just an entitlement was part of our problem with David Cameron in the first place.’
Shadow education minister Angela Rayner has labelled the rumours of his return as ‘bizarre’.
Miss Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, was among a series of Labour MPs who reacted to reports of the former Prime Minister fancying a tilt at Foreign Secretary.
Ms Rayner tweeted ‘No David, please stay in retirement you caused enough damage last time’.
Shadow communities and local government secretary Andrew Gwynne expressed similar opposition on Twitter.
He said: ‘God. No.
‘Didn’t he do enough damage first time round? Please spare us all.’
Redcar MP Anna Turley said: ‘The sense of entitlement is unreal. Please go away and think about what you’ve done.’
Meanwhile, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry posted a facepalm emoji – a picture used to display frustration or embarrassment at a certain situation.
Yvette Cooper tweeted: ‘What, because it worked out so well last time?
‘Man, you ripped up our closest international partnership. By accident. That makes you even worse than Boris Johnson.’
Mr Cameron has spent the past two years working on as-yet-untitled memoirs of his time in politics.
The book, published by HarperCollins for an £800,000 fee, is due to be released in September next year.
It was revealed last year he bought a £25,000 garden shed ‘to write in’.
The Red Sky Shepherd’s Hut includes a wood-burning stove, sofa bed and sheep’s wool insulation and sits in the garden of their Cotswolds home.
Despite the comfortable lodgings, he was forced to delay the book’s publication in April this year. The initial publication date was in late 2018 but it has now been pushed back to next September.
The ex-Prime Minister admitted he was easily distracted from the task of writing but it was made easier by help from wife Samantha.
Mr Cameron admitted she made all the design decisions about the hut, although their children prefer it as a playroom.