David Cameron In – Gordon Brown Out
13 years of Labour government – out, as Gordon Brown steps down. Conservative leader David Cameron became Britain’s youngest prime minister in almost 200 years Tuesday.
The new prime minister said he aims to form a full coalition government with the third-place Liberal Democrats after his Conservative Party victory. His party did not receive a majority of votes, just enough to win.
“We have some deep and pressing problems — a huge deficit, deep social problems, a political system in need of reform,” Cameron said. “For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.”
“Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders who want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and for the national interest,” Cameron said. Cameron and Clegg’s pact would be the first coalition government since World War II.
Cameron visited Buckingham Palace and was asked to form a government by Queen Elizabeth II less than an hour after Brown tendered his resignation to the monarch.
In Washington, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that President Barack Obama has not spoken to Brown since he announced his resignation. Gibbs said that the president would speak to the new prime minister soon.