Britain’s New Prime Minister

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by his wife Samantha, arrives at his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, Tuesday, May 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

From the Times Online:

Cameron pledges to ‘work for the common good’ after becoming Prime Minister

David Cameron promised to build a new era of responsibility tonight as he arrived in Downing Street to head what he said would be a “proper and full” coalition between the Tories and Liberal Democrats.

Mr Cameron, who becomes Britain’s youngest Prime Minister in almost 200 years, was finally given his chance to form a government after five days of extraordinary political wrangling ended in defeat for Gordon Brown – who was forced to admit that he would not be able to secure an improbable fourth term for Labour.


“Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new Government and I have accepted,” Mr Cameron declared before paying tribute to Mr. Brown for his “long record of dedicated public service”.

Looking ahead to the coalition he will form with the Lib Dems, he said: “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,” he said.

“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.”

Here is Cameron’s first speech as Prime Minister:


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