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David Cameron becomes Prime Minister


David Cameron has started putting together a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.

Following his arrival last night at 10 Downing Street, the new Conservative Prime Minister declared that it would be a “full and proper” coalition between the two parties.

Nick Clegg has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister, serving as one of five Lib Dem ministers in the new administration. They are thought to include his chief of staff, Danny Alexander, who was being tipped for Scottish secretary, and children’s spokesman David Laws - both members of the Lib Dem team that negotiated the coalition deal with the Tories.

Other posts confirmed last night were George Osborne as Chancellor and William Hague as foreign secretary. Liam Fox as defence secretary and Andrew Lansley as health secretary were also thought to have retained their shadow cabinet portfolios.

On the Lib Dem side it is thought that there will be Cabinet jobs for treasury spokesman Vince Cable and home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne, as well as a number of junior postings.

The appointment of so many Lib Dem ministers means that a number of Tory shadow ministers will be out of luck and one of Mr Cameron’s first tasks may be to placate those who are among the disappointed.

On the central issue of reducing Britain’s record £163 billion deficit, they will go ahead with the Tories proposed £6 billion of spending cuts this year.

They will also scrap the bulk of the planned increase in national insurance contributions for employers.


Readers' comments (17)

  • We will now see how good cameron is to his word when he said cuts won't hit frontline services. I fear it will be a case of same old tory boy.

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  • Commissioning of primary care will still take place.

    However in my GP's practice he has leaflets from the GMC imploring patients to contact their local MP's to get this commissioning malarky stopped.

    The GMC quite rightly says outside companies are only interested in what is in it for financial gain as they have share holders to account to. The GMC says patient services will be hit and hit hard.

    The GMC is at least doing something to highlight what is going on to the public.

    The RCN is as usual doing nothing. I left the RCN years ago and i would advise all nurses to do the same..they are just a self serving bunch of nobodies.

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  • In with the new.

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  • And out with the old!

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  • Andrew Lansley now becomes Health Minister. i shouldn't expect anything to really change.

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  • Traditionally change within the NHS has always been slow as there is much resistence to change.

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  • I think they will get a 5 year term and then be voted out at the next election. It is hard to see how they will be able to improve things over the next 5 years. In all reality the country will probably be taking a backwards step.

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  • Mr cameron wants more for less from day one. He wants to cut the waste, the middle management and pen pushers not the nurses. He's said he won't hit front line services and i for one believe him. You can't judge the present conservative party on what happened in the past.

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  • I think you can!

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  • People have short memory's. The tory's ruined the NHS last time they were in power and i fully expect the same again. They just can not be trusted with the NHS. The NHS stands against everything they believe in. The forming of the NHS was the ultimate in socialist politics and the tories hate that fact. They won't want to go down in history as the government that privatised the NHS. Indeed they won't have to as that was Labours legacy to the country. Labour started this whole privatisation issue...Alan Milburn was the man to get it off the ground.

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