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David Cameron's daughter Nancy left behind at pub

3:04 pm - 06/11/2012
David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, left their eight-year-old daughter, Nancy, in a pub after having Sunday lunch, Downing Street has confirmed.

She is reported to have spent a quarter of an hour at the Plough Inn at Cadsden, in Buckinghamshire, before Mr Cameron returned to collect her.

Number 10 said the couple had been "distraught" when they realised Nancy was not with them.

It said the incident had happened "a couple of months ago".

The Camerons were at the pub, near the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, with Nancy and their other children Arthur, six, and 22-month-old Florence, as well as two other families.

After leaving, Mr Cameron went home in one car with his bodyguards and thought Nancy was with his wife and their other children in another car.


Mrs Cameron had assumed her elder daughter was with her father. The mistake was discovered when they got home.

When the prime minister returned to collect Nancy he found her helping staff.

Downing Street said no protection officers would face disciplinary action over the incident, adding that security arrangements were constantly under review.

A spokesman said: "The prime minister and Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn't with them.

"Thankfully when they phoned the pub she was there safe and well. The prime minister went down straight away to get her."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who is promoting a scheme to give English councils a financial incentive to deal with "troubled families", was asked on BBC Radio 5 live if he drew parallels between them and parents who inadvertently left their children in a pub.

"We're definitely not talking about that - mainly for my job security," he replied.

Mr Pickles was also asked about the incident during a BBC News Channel interview, saying: "I'm very glad that Nancy was missing for only 15 minutes. It could happen to anybody. It must be any family's nightmare."

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lisaee 11th-Jun-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Almost as good as when Euan Blair was found massively drunk, aged 16, and arrested.

I remember once, when my parents were an hour late to collect me from school, telling the headmaster that they were "probably down the pub". I don't think they've ever fully forgiven me.
anolinde 11th-Jun-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
=/ That sucks, it's a good thing the daughter was okay!
its_anya 11th-Jun-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
"We're definitely not talking about that - mainly for my job security,"

At least he's honest!
sarah531 11th-Jun-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
It does happen a lot, though. My mother once left my brother in a Disney store.

Doesn't really change my opinion of Cameron one way or the other...
mahasin 11th-Jun-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
bummer, poor little Nancy.
owlsarentaholes 11th-Jun-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
I feel like Mr. Pickles should be the name of a cat, not a bureaucrat.
tigerdreams 11th-Jun-2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
That poor man.
ahkna 11th-Jun-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
This should probably be SRS BSNS but I find it funny. The amount of times people have been forgotten in my family or my little brother has wandered off and been lost is insanely high.
hammersxstrings 11th-Jun-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
yeah, as much as i'm sure the girl was scared, it's not like someone had to call them and be like, hey we have your kid, you need to come get her. they realized she was gone. it happens to everyone. I'm pretty sure my parents did it to me a few times lol. they DEF forgot to pick me up from school/practices/etc a few times...
tiddlywinks103 11th-Jun-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like rich people who kept assuming someone else would address their child's whereabouts. I'm sure she was pretty scared, or maybe not, since she was helping staff, when they went back to get her, lol. Shit happens, a least it wasn't outdoors, even if it was a pub, lol.
vvalkyri 11th-Jun-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Happens fairly often if there are enough adults around who might well have any given kid. Friend of mine, while working at the hospital, found a desperately cute pre-verbal kidlet wandering around with no associated "OMG Where's The Kidlet" announcement; turned out that there were like 5 adults and a bunch of kids who had all come in together with a family member, and all of the adults figured that particular kidlet was with a different adult.
vvalkyri 11th-Jun-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
omg left alone with staff who likely knew exactly who her parents were . . .for a whole fifteen minutes!
mandrill 11th-Jun-2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
LOL. Much ado about nothing.
sesmo 11th-Jun-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
This is one of those emotional but no content issues. Every kid has had this, usually when the handover fails with two busy parents. It's bad when it's the middle of the night, at a truck stop, for a day. It's a minor oops when it's at the pub they often go to, for 15 minutes.
chaya 11th-Jun-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I feel like "quarter of an hour" is their way of not having to admit it was... fifteen minutes.

Quarter of an hour somehow sounds a little more intimidating.
matryoshka 11th-Jun-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of that scene in Home Alone where Gus Polinski tells Kevin's mom about leaving his child in a funeral parlor:

"Tell me, have you ever gone on vacation and left your child home?"

"No, but I did leave one in a funeral parlor once. The wife and I left him there all day. All day alone with the corpse. But he was okay. After six or seven weeks, he came around, started talking again. But he's okay. They get over it. Kids are resilient like that."

Getting left behind is never a good feeling, but at least Nancy was left at a pub and not a funeral parlor.
cpsings4him 11th-Jun-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oopsie! I don't have any children, but if I did, this would be one thing I could see myself doing. I'd get home and be like, "K, keys, purse, phone, baby...baby?? OMG WHERE'D I LEAVE THE BABY?????" D:

mysid 11th-Jun-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Any time two parents leave in two different cars, the potential exists for a child to get left behind.
"I thought you had her."
"I thought you had her."

It hasn't happened to my hubby and me--yet--but we always do a verbal "headcount" to each other at parting to make sure all kids are accounted for in one car or the other.*

They apparently realized she was missing as soon as everyone was at home, and she doesn't seem traumatized over it. I bet she'll gets a good guilt-gift out of it!

*Full disclaimer- We did temporarily lose a preschooler while walking out of store once. Scary stuff.
keeni84 11th-Jun-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
My little sister got left in a house fire once... My dumbass father forgot to grab the sleeping baby while running out the door. D:
xerox78 11th-Jun-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, I thought that only happened on Little House on the Prairie!
ruby_chalice 11th-Jun-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
This sprang to mind. *Wean is scottish for child*

scolaro 11th-Jun-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
LOL. Awesome!
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