Dave gets a job - thanks to friends in very high places
David Cameron’s traditional background has stood him in good stead, creating not just Tory connections but royal ones.
The story goes that when David Cameron was going for his first, all-important job at the Conservative Research Department, someone powerful intervened on his behalf.
Cameron’s biographers Francis Elliott and James Hanning reveal that just before his interview, Conservative Central Office received a call from someone at Buckingham Palace. The person on the other end of the line strongly recommended the Tories take on the young David Cameron and said they were "about to meet a truly remarkable young man".
Suspicion fell in two places. Firstly, on Captain Sir Alastair Aird, then a senior member of the Queen Mother's staff, a family friend of David's parents Ian and Mary, and married to David Cameron's godmother, Fiona Aird. Secondly, on Sir Brian McGrath, another family friend of Cameron's parents, who happened to be private secretary to Prince Philip. Both men – now retired but still honorary equerries to the Queen and Prince Philip respectively – have denied they ever made the call. 
While the person who called is unlikely to have been another of David’s godparents, the late Tory MP Tim Rathbone, he nevertheless had an important part in moulding Cameron's political aspirations. Rathbone, who hired Cameron between Eton and going up to Oxford, has been described as a significant personal and political inspiration to the Conservative leader.
In addition to friends, Cameron's parents Mary and Ian provided him with useful blood connections, not least the Mounts on his mother’s side. Mary’s grandfather, Sir William Mount, was MP for South Berkshire at the turn of the 20th century, and her cousin is the third Baronet Sir Ferdinand Mount, a former head of Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit in the 1980s.
Sir Ferdinand's son, the journalist Harry Mount, attended Eton and then Oxford, where he was a contemporary of David Cameron's biggest Tory ally, George Osborne. Harry and George Osborne were also both members of the Bullingdon and featured in the 1992 photograph of the society’s members alongside Nat Rothschild, Chris Coleridge, Lupus Von Maltzahn, Mark Petre, Peter Holmes a Court and Jason Gissing.  
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David Cameron's father Ian was born in Huntly, in Aberdeenshire, in Blairmore School. His death was announced on 8 September 2010.Connections: 7 (See map)