A former girlfriend of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who met her as a Conservative Party worker in the 1990s, left politics and worked in advertising but took to drinking and addiction before finally becoming a nun in the US.
Laura Adshead (44) was a student at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She went to Oxford, where she met Cameron when they were young undergraduates.
She worked in London at the Conservative Party headquarters, and dated Cameron from 1990 till 1991. Cameron continued to work at the Conservative Central Office, and she went on to become the then prime minister John Major’s correspondence secretary.
Adshead later left politics to study at the Wharton business school in Philadelphia and became an executive in New York for an advertising agency.
But the stress of success proved too much for her. She took to drinking and addiction before finally finding salvation in God at an abbey in Connecticut, the daily said.
Now known as Sister John Mary, she works at her convent with 36 other sisters.
“I did think my life would progress on the normal tracks of meeting someone, marrying, having children, but that’s not the path that God has led me,” Sister John Mary says in a new documentary.
Photographs are shown of her as a young woman, posing in a leopard-skin top, smoking and drinking a glass of wine.
But she said her lifestyle brought her only loneliness.
“I feel like I tried most things in life that are supposed to make you happy. That journey took me down into alcoholism and drug addiction,” she said.
In a 2007 biography of Cameron, a former colleague at the party headquarters said Laura was granted a “period of compassionate leave” to recover from the heartbreak.
The film shows the ceremony that Laura went through to join the nuns.
She took her vows four years ago, but the process lasts for five-and-a-half years following which she will be eligible to assume the title of “Mother”.
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