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Cons-Lib Dem coalition government begins to take shape

After the five day hiatus the Conservatives entered Government last night as David Cameron swept into Downing St, in circumstances he may not have chosen and few would have fully envisioned. Shortly before 9pm, to the sound of supporters and detractors assembled outside the gates, he gave a short speech. There was none of the rhetorical flourish with which Tony Blair marked the start of his premiership, instead his speech was determined and focused, ‘hard and difficult work’, lay ahead he said. For those doubting the durability of the Con-Lib coalition, Cameron pledged to put political differences aside and within minutes began building his first administration. Please click here for a full briefing