David Cameron becomes Prime Minister – to form first Tory government in 13 years after an emotional Gordon Brown is forced to admit defeat


David Cameron and his wife Samantha wave as they stand on the steps of No10 Downing Street this evening

by James Chapman
Daily Mail [UK]
1:26 am BST [8:26 PM EDT]
12th May 2010

• George Osborne to be new Chancellor
• William Hague to be Foreign Secretary
• Cameron arrives at Downing Street after meeting the Queen
• An hour earlier Brown tearfully announces resignation as PM
• Brown then drives to Palace to formally resign
• Cameron echoes JFK in first address as Prime Minister
• Clegg to sell new pact to party at crunch meeting tonight
• President Obama calls Cameron to congratulate him

David Cameron swept into Downing Street as leader of an historic coalition for change last night as 13 years of Labour rule came crashing to an end.

The new Prime Minister, who arrived at No10 with his pregnant wife Samantha, echoed John F Kennedy as he urged voters no longer to ask ‘just what you are owed, but what can I give’.

Mr Cameron warned the country faced ‘deep and pressing problems’, but vowed a ‘proper and full coalition’ government with the Liberal Democrats would focus on ‘rebuilding family, rebuilding community and above all rebuilding responsibility in our country’.

He said he and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg would ‘put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and the national interest’.

Earlier, an emotional Gordon Brown threw in the towel after a final bid to keep Labour in power by cobbling together a deal with the Lib Dems and other smaller parties collapsed in bitter recrimination.

In dramatic scenes in Downing Street, the Prime Minister, flanked by his wife Sarah and two young sons, wept as he conceded his own ‘frailties’ but insisted: ‘I have always strived to serve, to do my best in the interests of Britain.’

This rest of this article, and several related ones, are at the Daily Mail



David and Samantha Cameron hold each other tightly as they prepare to enter Downing Street for the first time.

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