Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Family-Friendly Coalition of Fathers Imposes New Timetable on Whitehall

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Family-Friendly Coalition of Fathers Imposes New Timetable on Whitehall

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Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor

DAVID CAMERON and Nick Clegg have adopted "family friendly" working hours in a bid to combine fatherhood with ministerial office.

In a break with his predecessors, the Prime Minister starts work at his desk at 8.30am and finishes his "office" work by 6 or 7pm, insiders have revealed.

Mr Cameron works away from his official desk much later in the evening but he tries to ensure he sees his children at the beginning and end of their day. Family breakfast with wife Samantha and Nancy, six, and Elwen, four, is central to his start to the day.

Mr Cameron's approach contrasts with that of Gordon Brown, who was regularly at his desk at 7am and often phoned his aides from 6am. Tony Blair was similarly early rising and Margaret Thatcher infamously got by on four hours' sleep a night.

But modern fatherhood means that both Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg insist that they can do their jobs as well as be around to see their young families.

The Deputy Prime Minister takes his sons to school three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, before going into the Cabinet Office for 9. …

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