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I'm driving reforms agenda, says PM

David Cameron brushed aside criticism of his work ethic after details emerged of his fondness for karaoke and computer games.

The Prime Minister insisted he was "completely dedicated" to his job "driving" the Government's agenda for change and reform.

Speaking in Chicago, where he is attending the Nato summit, he said he had not even had time to read claims made in a new biography of Mr Cameron by journalists Francis Elliott and James Hanning.

"If I find myself with some spare time I will have a look at this fascinating novel someone has written about me," he said.

The book describes how the Prime Minister "chillaxes" during weekends at Chequers, by singing karaoke, playing tennis against a machine dubbed "the Clegger", indulging in games on his iPad, and downing three or four glasses of wine at Sunday lunch.

Mr Cameron however painted a very different picture of his life at No 10 Downing Street. "It is an enormous privilege to do this job and it is rightly extremely demanding. It requires a huge dedication at work and I am completely dedicated to that," he said.

The Prime Minister also rejected criticisms by some in his own party that he was simply content to be in office and was not interested in radical reform.

"I think this Government has been extraordinarily driven and radical. There are many things this Government has done that previous reforming governments weren't able to do," he said.

"Obviously there are constraints of a coalition government, but I would argue that this is a radical reforming Government."

Mr Cameron said that he had deliberately appointed ministers with a radical reforming vision like Education Secretary Michael Gove and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. He said that much of time now was spent progress-chasing and ensuring that the Government's reforms were actually delivered.

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