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David Cameron moves into 10 Downing Street
LONDON/NEW DELHI, MAY 12 (IANS/PTI):
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Published on 13 May. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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Eton and Oxford educated Conservative leader David Cameron, 43, has become the 53rd prime minister of Britain, ending 13 years of Labour rule and giving the country its first coalition government since World War II.
Promising a “proper and full coalition government”, Cameron stepped into 10, Downing Street Tuesday, shortly after Labour’s Gordon Brown bid an emotional farewell.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg would be Cameron’s deputy.
A beaming Cameron arrived at his new home Tuesday evening with his pregnant wife Samantha and he asked voters no longer to ask “just what you are owed, but what can I give”.
He said the nation faced “deep and pressing problems”, but pledged a “proper and full coalition” government with the Liberal Democrats that would focus on “rebuilding family, rebuilding community and above all rebuilding responsibility in our country”.
He promised that he and Clegg would “put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and the national interest”, Daily Mail reported.
Cameron promised to forge a “new special relationship” with India and support New Delhi’s bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security council.
His party’s manifesto says that the Conservatives will “work to establish a new special relationship with India, the world’s largest democracy.”
It also commits the party to “work towards greater stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan”.
US President Barack Obama was one of the first to congratulate Cameron, who is Britain’s youngest prime minister in 200 years.
PM calls Cameron
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday telephoned his new British counterpart David Cameron to congratulate him and hoped that he would further strengthen relations between the two countries.
A British High Commission statement said Singh in a “very warm and friendly call” congratulated Cameron.
“In a 10-minute call, both leaders discussed a number of bilateral issues but foremost was a discussion on the world economy,” said the statement.
He added that both leaders “reinforced strong bilateral relationship between India and the United Kingdom and looked forward to strengthening it further”.

 
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