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Professor Philip Cowley, Cameron's final gamble — it could all go ‘horrifically wrong’



David Cameron’s political career has been marked by a series of last-minute victories, often after his chances were written off. As he prepares for his final national electoral contest, a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union, the question is whether this is a gamble too far. “He won the party leadership from behind in 2005, he won the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, and he won the general election last year when everyone said he couldn’t,” Professor Philip Cowley said. “Either he wins this one, and then retires in a few years triumphant, or it goes horrifically wrong for him. And it could.”
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