David Cameron is the UK’s new Prime Minister, putting the Conservative party back into power after 13 years of Labour rule.
The Conservative leader took over the top job after the resignation of Gordon Brown last night following the breakdown of talks between Labour and the Liberals in a last ditched attempt to cobble together an alliance to keep him in power.
Mr Cameron, at 43 the youngest PM for 200 years, entered 10 Downing Street after travelling to Buckingham Palace to formally accept the Queen’s request to form the next government.
He said he aimed to form a “proper and full coalition” with the Lib Dems to provide “strong, stable government”.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will be deputy prime minister in the new government with other key cabinet positions going to Lib Dem MP’s as part of the deal which put Cameron into number 10.
In a speech outside his new Downing Street home, Mr Cameron said he and Mr Clegg would “put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and the national interest”. Source: BBC.
No Liberal amnesty as Tory ‘immigration cap’ to go ahead
Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems may have influenced Conservative policy on key issues such as taxation and electoral reform, but early reports suggest that he has compromised on his immigration policies and will not stand in the way of David Cameron’s plans to restrict immigration.
The BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said that the Lib Dems have agreed to a cap on non-EU immigration and will almost certainly drop their policy to grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants.
However, in a surprise move the Lib Dems could be given up to 20 government jobs.
Unconfirmed BBC reports last night indicated that Liberal Democrat’s Chris Hulme may have been given the job of Home Secretary, an important senior ministerial position in the Home Office controlling areas such as the police, border security and controls and immigration (the UK Border Agency is a part of the Home Office).
But later this morning it was officially announced that Conservative MP Theresa May is to become the new Home Secretary, as well as Minister for Women and Equality.
William Hague has been appointed Foreign Secretary and former chancellor of the exchequer Ken Clark is to become the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
More appointments will be announced later today when the first full meeting of the coalition cabinet is expected to take place.