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Prime  Minister David Cameron (left) with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the steps of 10 Downing Street in central London

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the steps of 10 Downing Street in central London

Prime Minister David Cameron greets Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the door of No. 10 Downing Street on May 12, 2010.

Prime Minister David Cameron greets Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the door of No. 10 Downing Street on May 12, 2010.

Matt Cardy

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Matt Cardy

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, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Lewis Whyld

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

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

Lewis Whyld

New Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha meet Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell in the Cabinet Room of 10 Downing Street, London, after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

New Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha meet Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell in the Cabinet Room of 10 Downing Street, London, after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Stefan Rousseau

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen

Anthony Devlin

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government

John Stillwell

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Anthony Devlin

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street

Anthony Devlin

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in 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, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government

Anthony Devlin

The official Buckingham Palace document released by the press office, announcing Queen Elizabeth II's request for David Cameron to form a new administration

The official Buckingham Palace document released by the press office, announcing Queen Elizabeth II's request for David Cameron to form a new administration

John Stillwell

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Lewis Whyld

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street

Lewis Whyld

Staff listen to  British Prime Minister Gordon Brown making a statement as he leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England

Staff listen to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown making a statement as he leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England

Jeff J Mitchell

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister

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The new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on May 11, 2010 in London, England

The new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on May 11, 2010 in London, England

Matt Cardy

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron stand on the steps of Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron stand on the steps of Downing Street

Dan Kitwood

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife Sarah and their sons James Fraser and John leave Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife Sarah and their sons James Fraser and John leave Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the current state of Government and announces that he will step down as Labour leader, outside number 10 Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the current state of Government and announces that he will step down as Labour leader, outside number 10 Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London

Matt Cardy

Possible candidates to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party (1st row, left - right) Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, David Miliband (2nd row, left - right) Ed Balls, Jack Straw and Ed Miliband. David Miliband emerged as early favourite to take over from Gordon Brown as the next Labour leader, according to bookmakers. The Foreign Secretary is the front-runner in the Labour leadership contest with the bookmakers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Possible candidates to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party (1st row, left - right) Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, David Miliband (2nd row, left - right) Ed Balls, Jack Straw and Ed Miliband. David Miliband emerged as early favourite to take over from Gordon Brown as the next Labour leader, according to bookmakers. The Foreign Secretary is the front-runner in the Labour leadership contest with the bookmakers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

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Television crews conduct interviews with politicians and journalists into the night adjacent to the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

Television crews conduct interviews with politicians and journalists into the night adjacent to the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

Oli Scarff

Gordon Brown jokes with David Miliband - the man who could now replace him as Labour leader

Gordon Brown jokes with David Miliband - the man who could now replace him as Labour leader

Foreign Secretary David Miliband leaves Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London, England.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband leaves Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London, England.

Dan Kitwood

William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010

Jeff J Mitchell

Electoral reform protesters demonstrate outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Electoral reform protesters demonstrate outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Oli Scarff

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Christopher Furlong

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Christopher Furlong

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove gestures to a colleague at Parliament on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove gestures to a colleague at Parliament on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Peter Macdiarmid

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove (L) talks with former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik at Parliament on May 10

Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove (L) talks with former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik at Parliament on May 10

Peter Macdiarmid

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Matt Cardy

Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010

Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010

Matt Cardy

Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on May 10, 2010 in London

Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on May 10, 2010 in London

Matt Cardy

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David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil the rest of his new government - and risk angering senior Conservatives forced to make way for their Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

After announcing his Cabinet on Wednesday night, the PM will chair its first meeting on Thursday morning as he seeks to demonstrate he is getting down to business.

But he will also be filling out the middle-ranking and junior roles in the Tory-Lib Dem administration.

The new Cabinet features five Lib Dems, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws and Scotland Secretary Danny Alexander.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has also been awarded the job of Work and Pensions Secretary in what is being seen as a sop to the right of the party amid concerns about the alliance with the Lib Dems.

The appointments meant some senior Tories were not given full Cabinet positions, including Chris Grayling, Dominic Grieve and Theresa Villiers.

Another 15 Lib Dems are expected to be appointed to the lower ranks of the Government, creating even more pressure for places.

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After five days of horse trading following the inconclusive general election result, the work of government is finally getting under way again.

Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and other senior Cabinet ministers attended their first meeting of the Government's new National Security Council on Wednesday night, joined by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, new National Security Adviser Sir Peter Ricketts and intelligence chiefs. Ministers were briefed on the situation in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism work in the UK.

Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington on Friday in his first overseas visit in the job. "I think getting to grips with these Afghanistan and Iranian issues is right at the top of our agenda," he said. A visit to Europe would follow "very quickly", he added.


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