Press release

Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister hold first press conference

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have held their first joint press conference following their appointments on Tuesday.

The PM said the new coalition administration will be united behind the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility and its key purpose would be to provide “strong, stable and determined” leadership for the long term.

Speaking to press in the Downing Street garden on their first full day in office, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg emphasised their “shared resolve” to tackle the challenges facing Britain.

Mr Cameron said:

We have a shared agenda and a shared resolve to tackle the challenges our country faces; to safeguard our national security and support our troops abroad, to tackle the debt crisis, to repair our broken political system and to build a stronger society.

Mr Clegg said:

At a time of such enormous difficulties our country needed a strong and stable government. It needed an ambitious government determined to work relentlessly for a better future. And that is what we have come together in this coalition to provide.

During the day, the Prime Minister also finalised appointments to the new Cabinet.

PM and Deputy PM press conference