Cameron takes UK reins

Conservative leader David Cameron
is the new UK prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown.

Mr Cameron, 43, is in 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”.

His party won the most seats in the
UK general election last week, but not an overall majority.

In a speech at Downing Street, Mr
Cameron said he and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg would “put aside party
differences and work hard for the common good and the national interest”.

He paid tribute to outgoing PM
Gordon Brown for his long years of public service and said he would tackle
Britain’s “pressing problems” – the deficit, social problems and
reforming the political system.

Mr Cameron stressed there would be
“difficult decisions” but said he wanted to take people through them
to reach “better times ahead”.

The Conservatives have been in days
of negotiations with the Lib Dems – who were also negotiating with Labour –
after the UK election resulted in a hung parliament.

But the Lib Dems said talks with
Labour failed because “the Labour Party never took seriously the prospects
of forming a progressive, reforming government”.

A spokesman said key members of the
Labour team “gave every impression of wanting the process to fail”
and the party had made “no attempt at all” to agree a common approach
on issues like schools funding and tax reform.

¬†However Labour’s Lord Mandelson said they had
been “up for” a deal with the Lib Dems, but they had “created so
many barriers and obstacles that perhaps they thought their interests lay on the
Tory side, on the Conservative side, rather than the progressive side”.

After it became clear the talks had
failed, Mr Brown tendered his resignation and said he wished the next prime
minister well.

Mr Brown said it had been “a
privilege to serve” adding: “I loved the job not for its prestige,
its titles and its ceremony – which I do not love at all. No, I loved the job
for its potential to make this country I love fairer, more tolerant, more
green, more democratic, more prosperous and more just – truly a greater