David Cameron opens up about the death of his son: ‘I don’t think you ever get over it’

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
David Cameron in the royal box on centre court on day five of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

David Cameron has opened on the heartbreak he felt when he lost his son, Ivan, who suffered with cerebral palsy.

The six-year-old, who was severely disabled, was taken ill overnight and died at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in February 2009.

statement posted on the Conservative party's website said: "David and Samantha are grateful for all the warm messages of support and condolence that they have received."

Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington, Oxfordshire for the funeral of their son Ivan who died last week.

But Mr Cameron opened up in a new interview ahead of the release of his much anticipated memoirs.

He told The Times: “Florence never knew him, but we talk about him a lot. Nancy does more than Elwen, because Elwen remembers him but, you know, he was very young.

Whereas Nancy really remembers. He’s buried at Chadlington [a church near their Oxfordshire home]. We go and see him and give him an update.”

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“I don’t think you ever really get over it.

“Some people say to me, ‘I’m very glad you took him out for walks and you took him out in the public and you didn’t hide him away.

Conservative Party leader David Cameron with his wife Samantha and their daughter Nancy (on shoulders) and sons Ivan (left) and Arthur shopping in Portobello Market in London, on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth.

“I’d never thought about that because, of course, I wouldn’t hide him away. He’s my son. I love him.”