Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

David Cameron is Britain's new Prime Minister after coalition deal

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen
Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Downing Street last night to a huge cheer from the crowd gathered at the gates.

Cameron walked from his car with his wife, Samantha. The vast crowd of photographers provided the soundtrack as their shutters fired.

And then Mr Cameron approached a microphone stand set in the middle of the street in front of the massed ranks of the media.

Gone was the lectern where Gordon Brown had announced he was tendering his resignation just an hour and a half earlier.

Gone too was Mr Brown.

But the new leader was keen to pay tribute to his predecessor and his "dedicated" service.

And he was keen too to emphasise the need for a strong and stable Government, which he hopes to achieve through a "full coalition" with the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Cameron, dressed sharply in a suit and bright blue tie, spoke confidently with no notes.

In the fading light of the evening, he talked of rebuilding trust in the political system.

But he also talked of building a more responsible society, with stronger families and communities.

His own family was close by.

Mrs Cameron, wearing a purple dress and grey heels, stood a few steps to one side.

She looked less confident than her husband, who stood addressing the nation.

The new first lady's pregnant bump was clearly visible and she held her hands clasped in front of her.

But as Mr Cameron finished his speech, the couple turned towards the door of No 10 and held hands.

Mr Cameron waved to the cameras.

And on the steps of power they turned back once more, clinging to each other briefly.

A policeman stepped forward to knock on the large black door, which opened inwards.

Mr and Mrs Cameron stepped over the threshold.

CAMERON'S SPEECH

Here is the text of Mr Cameron's remarks in Downing Street:

"Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government and I have accepted.

"Before I talk about that new government, let me say something about the one that has just passed.

"Compared with a decade ago, this country is more open at home and more compassionate abroad and that is something we should all be grateful for and on behalf of the whole country I'd like to pay tribute to the outgoing prime minister for his long record of dedicated public service.

"In terms of the future, our country has a hung parliament where no party has an overall majority and we have some deep and pressing problems - a huge deficit, deep social problems, a political system in need of reform.

"For those reasons I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

"I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good and decent government that I think we need so badly.

"Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders that want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and for the national interest.

"I believe that is the best way to get the strong government that we need, decisive government that we need today.

"I came into politics because I love this country. I think its best days still lie ahead and I believe deeply in public service.

"And I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions, so that together we can reach better times ahead.

"One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system. Yes that's about cleaning up expenses, yes that is about reforming parliament, and yes it is about making sure people are in control - and that the politicians are always their servant and never their masters.

"But I believe it is also something else. It is about being honest about what government can achieve. Real change is not what government can do on its own - real change is when everyone pulls together, comes together, works together, where we all exercise our responsibilities to ourselves, to our families, to our communities and to others.

"And I want to help try and build a more responsible society here in Britain. One where we don't just ask what are my entitlements, but what are my responsibilities.

"One where we don't ask what am I just owed, but more what can I give.

"And a guide for that society - that those that can should, and those who can't we will always help.

"I want to make sure that my government always looks after the elderly, the frail the poorest in our country.

"We must take everyone through with us on some of the difficult decisions we have ahead.

"Above all it will be a government that is built on some clear values. Values of freedom, values of fairness, and values of responsibility.

"I want us to build an economy that rewards work. I want us to build a society with stronger families and stronger communities. And I want a political system that people can trust and look up to once again.

"This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges.

"But I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs based on those values - rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all, rebuilding responsibility in our country.

"Those are the things I care about. Those are the things that this government will now start work on doing.

"Thank you very much."

Cameron profile

* Born: 9 October 1966

* Family: married to Samantha Cameron since 1996, one daughter, one surviving son. They are expecting another child in September.

* Education: Heatherdown Preparatory School; Eton; Brasenose College, Oxford.

* Early work experience included working as a researcher for Tim Rathbone MP (his godfather).

* Pre-parliamentary career: worked for the Conservative Research Department, 1988-1993. Sent to Downing Street to brief John Major for PMQs from 1991 and, from 1992, for general election press conferences. Was working as a special adviser to Norman Lamont, the Chancellor at the time of Black Wednesday (1992). Also worked for Michael Howard when he was Home Secretary.

* Director of corporate affairs at Carlton Communications, 1994-2001.

* Elected Conservative MP for Witney on June 7 2001.

* In parliament, served as a member of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. Invited to coach Iain Duncan Smith for PMQs in 2002. * Became a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party in November 2003 and appointed local government spokesman in 2004, before promotion into the Shadow Cabinet as head of policy co-ordination. Later became shadow Education Secretary in the post-election reshuffle.

* Elected leader of the Conservative Party on 6 December 2005.



The day's events

07.39 Tessa Jowell says Lib Dems have invited Labour to talk.



08.20 Uncertainty prompts FTSE 100 to slump 1 per cent within minutes of markets opening.



08.27 George Osborne describes offer of a referendum on the Alternative Vote system as "final".



08.32 David Blunkett says a Lib-Lab coalition would spell electoral disaster for Labour and accuses Lib Dems of acting like "every harlot in history".



08.45 David Cameron leaves home warning Lib Dems it is "decision time".



09.15 Nick Clegg says he's as impatient as anyone for resolution to talks.



10.01 Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls, Lord Adonis, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband leave Downing Street for Commons to lead talks with Lib Dems.



11.00 Alan Johnson arrives at Downing Street. He leaves 20 minutes later.



12.28 Gordon Brown leaves Downing Street for the Commons.



12.49 Ed Miliband describes the morning's talks as "good".



13.42 Lib Dems reveal Cameron and Clegg met for an hour in the morning.



14.00 Lib Dems and Tories resume their negotiations.



14.21 Brown returns to Downing Street.



14.30 John Prescott urges Lib-Lab pact.



14.55 Labour lead negotiators return to Downing Street.



15.32 Cameron says he's "in the dark" about the prospect of a deal.



15.45 Lord Falconer tells Brown to "call it quits now".



15.57 Andy Burnham says he is opposed to any Lib-Lab pact.



16.15 Former Labour chairman Ian McCartney says party should go home and prepare for opposition.



16.45 Tory MPs put on stand-by for a meeting during the evening.



17.40 Simon Hughes says he could accept Lib Dems joining with Tories.



19.07 Downing Street staff place lectern outside No 10.



19.18 Brown announces he is resigning as PM with immediate effect.



19.22 The Browns leave Downing Street for Buckingham Palace. Four minutes later they arrive, where he is addressed as "Prime Minister" for the last time.



19.32 Liberal Democrat negotiators leave talks to report back to Clegg.



19.35 Tory team emerges from talks to report back to Cameron.



19.43 Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah leave the palace.



19.46 Alistair Darling and his wife Margaret leave No 11.



19.49 Brown arrives at Labour Party HQ.



20.07 David Cameron arrives at Buckingham Palace with his wife.



20.34 Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace as Prime Minister.



20.41 Cameron reaches Downing Street.

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