David Cameron tried to get Daily Mail editor sacked for being pro-Brexit
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David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, speaks at DePauw University
Former Prime Minister David Cameron tried to get the editor of the right-leaning newspaper The Daily Mail sacked during the European Union referendum, according to the BBC.

The Daily Mail had pushed its readers to vote to leave the European Union while Cameron and his Chancellor George Osborne were campaigning to remain.

Lord Rothermere, the inheritor of a newspaper and media empire which includes The Daily Mail, told the BBC programme Newsnight that apparently Cameron pushed for Dacre to be sacked during a private meeting in his No 10 Downing Street flat in Westminster.

David Cameron tried to get Daily Mail editor sacked for being pro-Brexit
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Daily Mail proprietor Lord Rothermere (left) was in favour of the UK staying in the EU
Lord Rothermere said Cameron told him to persuade Dacre to "cut him some slack."

However, Dacre allegedly told Cameron that he would not change his or the paper's editorial stance because he was a 25-year strong Eurosceptic and he believed his readers were too. Newsnight then claimed a Westminster source told Dacre that Cameron was pushing Lord Rothermere to sack him.

Lord Rothermere claims this made Dacre "incandescent" and led to the paper ramping up its pro-Brexit coverage.

 David Cameron tried to get Daily Mail editor sacked for being pro-Brexit

Comment: Who needs democracy and journalists reporting the facts when you have #FakeNews outlets making private deals and getting into personal feuds with policy makers meanwhile establishment puppets use their powers to 'lean' on influential media moguls.

A spokesman for Cameron told the BBC that he "did not believe he could determine who edits the Daily Mail."

Former prime minister Cameron called for the EU referendum after promising it to voters if they voted him and his Conservative party into power in the 2015 general election.

He explicitly said he was against leaving the EU, and instead would favour a renegotiation of Britain's current membership within the bloc.

Cameron tried to push for Britain to essentially opt out of the Freedom of Movement Act while still retaining the conditions of its current trading setup within the EU. However, after EU officials said "no," in no uncertain terms, his proposed deal was deemed as a failure.

When Brits voted by a slim majority for Brexit on June 23, he stepped down almost immediately afterwards and Theresa May became the leader of the Conservative party and the new leader of the country in July.


Comment: So David Cameron promised Conservative Party supporters the opportunity to vote in an EU referendum, whilst in power did his very best to propagndise the people using all the powers and public funds available, and yet the public still saw through the lies about the 'benefits' and voted 'Leave'. So he quit, leaving a default Prime Minister with no public mandate, Teresa May.

BBC: A spokesman for Lord Rothermere refused to confirm or deny whether Mr Cameron had sought Mr Dacre's dismissal.

He said: "Over the years, Lord Rothermere has been leant on by more than one prime minister to remove Associated Newspapers' editors but, as he told Lord Justice Leveson on oath, he does not interfere with the editorial policies of his papers."

Mr Dacre declined to comment on whether Mr Cameron had sought his dismissal.

In a statement he said: "For 25 years, I have been given the freedom to edit the Mail on behalf of its readers without interference from Jonathan Rothermere or his father. It has been a great joy and privilege."

A spokesman for Mr Cameron told the BBC: "It is wrong to suggest that David Cameron believed he could determine who edits the Mail.

"It is a matter of public record that he made the case that it was wrong for newspapers to argue that we give up our membership of the EU.

"He made this argument privately to the editor of the Mail, Paul Dacre, and its proprietor, Lord Rothermere."