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Nick Clegg is Britain's new Deputy Prime Minister

Nick Clegg is Britain's new Deputy Prime Minister

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been named Deputy Prime Minister

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been named Deputy Prime Minister

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

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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

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

Nick Clegg is Britain's new Deputy Prime Minister

Nick Clegg will be Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, it has been confirmed.

Downing Street said Mr Clegg's appointment had been approved by the Queen.

Mr Clegg will be one of five Lib Dem ministers in the new Cabinet, Conservative sources confirmed.

George Osborne has been confirmed as Chancellor of the Exchequer and William Hague as Foreign Secretary in the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition Government.

Senior Conservative sources confirmed the two men retain the roles they held in the Tory shadow cabinet, scotching widespread speculation that the Chancellor's job might go to Kenneth Clarke or even Lib Dem Vince Cable.

Downing Street said no ministerial posts would be officially confirmed on Tuesday night, but reports suggested the deal struck between David Cameron and Nick Clegg's parties includes a promise of six seats around the Cabinet table for Liberal Democrats.

And it is expected that Mr Cable will be appointed Mr Osborne's number two as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Reports suggest Liberal Democrat David Laws will be made Schools Secretary and Tory Andrew Lansley Health Secretary - both also keeping their briefs from opposition. Tory Liam Fox was also reportedly given the post of Defence Secretary, again retaining his role held in the shadow cabinet.

The need to give jobs to Liberal Democrats means some members of Mr Cameron's shadow cabinet are likely to be awarded less senior jobs than they had been expecting in the run-up to the General Election, providing the first big test of his man-management abilities as PM.

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