Cameron ‘muscled in’ on ‘selfie’ shot

It was one of last year’s most controversial pictures. And now it has emerged British prime minister David Cameron "muscled in" to be part of the infamous shot.

The world leaders’ controversial “selfie” photograph was taken at a memorial service last December for former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, and was slammed worldwide as lacking in good taste.

Stephen Kinnock, son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock who is married to Danish premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt, rejected the prime minister’s claim that he had been invited to join her and US President Barack Obama in the snap.

Challenged in the House of Commons at the time Mr Cameron told MPs: “When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say yes.”

But Mr Kinnock told the Huffington Post website: “For me, the most striking thing about the selfie was our prime minister muscling in on the left.

“She was sitting and chatting with Obama, then the selfie idea somehow emerged, and then suddenly Cameron appeared in shot and managed to muscle himself in on the picture,” he said.

Mr Kinnock added that he was sure that the picture, as yet unpublished, would be released by his wife “later down the track”.


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