Liberal Tory. Hang on, is that right?

At times like this it is always interesting and amusing to see how the outside world views Britain. This is from the Wall Street Journal. Dry as a bone. But harder than our wishy washy liberal press. Is it OK to say that any more? Or will I be arrested by the liberal Tory Home Secretary…or perhaps not….

LONDON—Conservative Party leader David Cameron on Tuesday completed a tortuous journey to become Britain’s prime minister, and essentially clinched a fragile power-sharing deal with the country’s No. 3 political party in the wake of Thursday’s inconclusive election.

Five frenetic days after a general election that resulted in a so-called hung Parliament—in which no party holds a majority—Mr. Cameron’s Tories agreed on a power-sharing deal with the Liberal Democrat Party headed by Nick Clegg, subject to official approval by the two parties.

The 43-year-old Mr. Cameron became Britain’s youngest prime minister since 1812 after the incumbent, Labour Party leader Gordon Brown, abandoned his own party’s hopes of making a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the men executed Britain’s carefully choreographed change-of-power ritual, in which Mr. Brown visited the queen to resign and Mr. Cameron followed shortly thereafter to assume power.

The move returns the Tories to the premiership for the first time since 1997—but they return to Downing Street under far-from-ideal circumstances. The country faces problems that include a massive budget deficit and an economy that has been slow to recover from the recession.

Mr. Cameron will have to tackle those woes without the big parliamentary majority he was long expected to have, but squandered in the final months of a historic, topsy-turvy campaign. Instead, he faces the prospect of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.

Sweeping into a newly vacated Downing Street amid cheers, Mr. Cameron acknowledged that a coalition government will present challenges.

“Our country has a hung Parliament…and we have some deep and progressing problems, a huge deficit, deep social problems and a political system in need of reform,” he said.

That coalition will force the Conservatives to concede key policy ground on issues such as taxes and electoral reform—despite the fact that the Tories won five times more parliamentary seats in Thursday’s election. Mr. Clegg will be deputy prime minister, and discussions were under way late Tuesday that would also award cabinet posts in the government to the Liberal Democrats, with the Conservative’s George Osborne and William Hague taking Treasury chief and foreign secretary respectively.

For any coalition deal to be completed, the leadership of both parties must still ask members of their respective groups to back the deal. And that may not be a certainty given a huge gulf that divides them on everything from managing the economy to immigration and relations with Europe.

If the two sides don’t manage to agree on the coalition, the Tories can still go it alone in a minority administration. But they would be dependent on support from other parties to pass legislation.

Either way, the Conservatives are faced with keeping a government together as they try to push through aggressive spending cuts to Britain’s much-loved public services, with £6 billion to come this year alone.

The new government must do this without upending a fragile economic recovery and must deal with other issues, such as public anger if progress isn’t seen in the unpopular war in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday night, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were close to finalizing terms on a coalition after an attempt by the newly deposed Labour Party to seal a deal with the Liberal Democrats failed. The party’s last toss of the dice, after 13 years in power, crashed amid opposition from Labour Party lawmakers and the realization that any coalition, which would need the help of other parties, would be too fragile to survive.

The High and Lows of Labour’s 13-Year Reign

May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

April 1998: Blair helps broker historic peace agreement in Northern Ireland.

June 2001: With economy growing, Blair re-elected by wide margins.

September 2001: Terrorists attack the U.S.; Blair subsequently backs U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

March 2003: Blair backs U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which quickly becomes a political liability for Labour.

September 2004: Protesters storm Parliament in opposition to Labour’s proposed ban on fox hunting.

May 2005: Blair re-elected again, but Labour’s majority in Parliament shrinks.

July 2005: Terrorist bombings of London’s transit system kill dozens.

June 2007: Facing low approval ratings and internal party pressure, Blair resigns, handing power to Gordon Brown.

September 2007: Mortgage lender Northern Rock requires rescue by Bank of England, in harbinger of financial crisis.

October 2008: Brown unveils bailout of several big U.K. banks, serving as a model for U.S. and other government rescues.

April 2010: Brown asks the queen to dissolve Parliament and call national elections.

After an emotional farewell speech in front of his staff and supporters outside No. 10 Downing St., Mr. Brown headed to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation, ending a long career at the top of British politics with the words “thank you and goodbye.”

The Liberal Democrats’ leadership was set to meet with party lawmakers and other senior officials early Tuesday evening in London in what could prove the last major hurdle to a coalition deal. The Liberal Democrats need backing from three quarters of their lawmakers and their governing Federal Executive.

Financial markets reacted positively to signals that a deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats seemed set to happen.

The pound surged on the news with the euro sinking 0.7% to the day’s low of £0.8514. Sterling spiked by the same amount against the dollar to the day’s high of $1.4915.

A day of frantic back-and-forth meetings began with Tory impatience about the lack of a conclusion to power-sharing talks with the Liberal Democrats that began Friday.

“The Liberals played us quite smartly, kept us in the wings to keep the Tories keen,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, who until Tuesday evening was a government minister. In a sign of likely recrimination that could hurt Labour, Mr. Fitzpatrick said his party should never have tried to torpedo the Liberal Democrat talks with the Conservatives, given the Tories had won the most seats

Thursday’s general election left Mr. Cameron’s Conservatives as the largest in Parliament, with 306 seats, compared with 258 for Mr. Brown’s Labour party. A party needs 326 seats to form a majority government.

With 57 seats, the Liberal Democrats would guarantee a Conservative-led government a majority.

But not all Conservatives are on board for a deal with the Liberal Democrats. The Tories offered a referendum on the alternative-vote system, in which the electorate numbers their candidates in order of preference and it is the one with more than 50% of the vote that wins the seat. Many Tories don’t want to tamper with a system that works well for the bigger parties, in which it is the number of seats won in the House of Commons, rather than the proportion of the vote, that wins the day.

Outside Downing Street, his pregnant wife at his side, Mr. Cameron set out the values that he has used to modernize the party and push it to a victory after three consecutive landslide losses.

“I want to try and build a more responsible society in Britain, one where don’t just ask what are my entitlements but what are my responsibilities,” he said. But in a classic Cameron twist to this traditional Conservative message in which the poor and needy are looked after by the state, the new Prime Minister spelt out that “those who can should and those who can’t we will always help.”

Five frenetic days after a general election that resulted in a so-called hung Parliament—in which no party holds a majority—Mr. Cameron’s Tories agreed on a power-sharing deal with the Liberal Democrat Party headed by Nick Clegg, subject to official approval by the two parties.
The 43-year-old Mr. Cameron became Britain’s youngest prime minister since 1812 after the incumbent, Labour Party leader Gordon Brown, abandoned his own party’s hopes of making a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the men executed Britain’s carefully choreographed change-of-power ritual, in which Mr. Brown visited the queen to resign and Mr. Cameron followed shortly thereafter to assume power.
The move returns the Tories to the premiership for the first time since 1997—but they return to Downing Street under far-from-ideal circumstances. The country faces problems that include a massive budget deficit and an economy that has been slow to recover from the recession.
Mr. Cameron will have to tackle those woes without the big parliamentary majority he was long expected to have, but squandered in the final months of a historic, topsy-turvy campaign. Instead, he faces the prospect of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
Sweeping into a newly vacated Downing Street amid cheers, Mr. Cameron acknowledged that a coalition government will present challenges.
“Our country has a hung Parliament…and we have some deep and progressing problems, a huge deficit, deep social problems and a political system in need of reform,” he said.
That coalition will force the Conservatives to concede key policy ground on issues such as taxes and electoral reform—despite the fact that the Tories won five times more parliamentary seats in Thursday’s election. Mr. Clegg will be deputy prime minister, and discussions were under way late Tuesday that would also award cabinet posts in the government to the Liberal Democrats, with the Conservative’s George Osborne and William Hague taking Treasury chief and foreign secretary respectively.
For any coalition deal to be completed, the leadership of both parties must still ask members of their respective groups to back the deal. And that may not be a certainty given a huge gulf that divides them on everything from managing the economy to immigration and relations with Europe.
If the two sides don’t manage to agree on the coalition, the Tories can still go it alone in a minority administration. But they would be dependent on support from other parties to pass legislation.
Either way, the Conservatives are faced with keeping a government together as they try to push through aggressive spending cuts to Britain’s much-loved public services, with £6 billion to come this year alone.
The new government must do this without upending a fragile economic recovery and must deal with other issues, such as public anger if progress isn’t seen in the unpopular war in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday night, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were close to finalizing terms on a coalition after an attempt by the newly deposed Labour Party to seal a deal with the Liberal Democrats failed. The party’s last toss of the dice, after 13 years in power, crashed amid opposition from Labour Party lawmakers and the realization that any coalition, which would need the help of other parties, would be too fragile to survive.
The High and Lows of Labour’s 13-Year Reign
May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
April 1998: Blair helps broker historic peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
June 2001: With economy growing, Blair re-elected by wide margins.
September 2001: Terrorists attack the U.S.; Blair subsequently backs U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
March 2003: Blair backs U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which quickly becomes a political liability for Labour.
September 2004: Protesters storm Parliament in opposition to Labour’s proposed ban on fox hunting.
May 2005: Blair re-elected again, but Labour’s majority in Parliament shrinks.
July 2005: Terrorist bombings of London’s transit system kill dozens.
June 2007: Facing low approval ratings and internal party pressure, Blair resigns, handing power to Gordon Brown.
September 2007: Mortgage lender Northern Rock requires rescue by Bank of England, in harbinger of financial crisis.
October 2008: Brown unveils bailout of several big U.K. banks, serving as a model for U.S. and other government rescues.
April 2010: Brown asks the queen to dissolve Parliament and call national elections.
After an emotional farewell speech in front of his staff and supporters outside No. 10 Downing St., Mr. Brown headed to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation, ending a long career at the top of British politics with the words “thank you and goodbye.”
The Liberal Democrats’ leadership was set to meet with party lawmakers and other senior officials early Tuesday evening in London in what could prove the last major hurdle to a coalition deal. The Liberal Democrats need backing from three quarters of their lawmakers and their governing Federal Executive.
Financial markets reacted positively to signals that a deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats seemed set to happen.
The pound surged on the news with the euro sinking 0.7% to the day’s low of £0.8514. Sterling spiked by the same amount against the dollar to the day’s high of $1.4915.
A day of frantic back-and-forth meetings began with Tory impatience about the lack of a conclusion to power-sharing talks with the Liberal Democrats that began Friday.
“The Liberals played us quite smartly, kept us in the wings to keep the Tories keen,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, who until Tuesday evening was a government minister. In a sign of likely recrimination that could hurt Labour, Mr. Fitzpatrick said his party should never have tried to torpedo the Liberal Democrat talks with the Conservatives, given the Tories had won the most seats
Thursday’s general election left Mr. Cameron’s Conservatives as the largest in Parliament, with 306 seats, compared with 258 for Mr. Brown’s Labour party. A party needs 326 seats to form a majority government.
With 57 seats, the Liberal Democrats would guarantee a Conservative-led government a majority.
But not all Conservatives are on board for a deal with the Liberal Democrats. The Tories offered a referendum on the alternative-vote system, in which the electorate numbers their candidates in order of preference and it is the one with more than 50% of the vote that wins the seat. Many Tories don’t want to tamper with a system that works well for the bigger parties, in which it is the number of seats won in the House of Commons, rather than the proportion of the vote, that wins the day.
Outside Downing Street, his pregnant wife at his side, Mr. Cameron set out the values that he has used to modernize the party and push it to a victory after three consecutive landslide losses.
“I want to try and build a more responsible society in Britain, one where don’t just ask what are my entitlements but what are my responsibilities,” he said. But in a classic Cameron twist to this traditional Conservative message in which the poor and needy are looked after by the state, the new Prime Minister spelt out that “those who can should and those who can’t we will always help.”—Conservative Party leader David Cameron on Tuesday completed a tortuous journey to become Britain’s prime minister, and essentially clinched a fragile power-sharing deal with the country’s No. 3 political party in the wake of Thursday’s inconclusive election.
Five frenetic days after a general election that resulted in a so-called hung Parliament—in which no party holds a majority—Mr. Cameron’s Tories agreed on a power-sharing deal with the Liberal Democrat Party headed by Nick Clegg, subject to official approval by the two parties.
The 43-year-old Mr. Cameron became Britain’s youngest prime minister since 1812 after the incumbent, Labour Party leader Gordon Brown, abandoned his own party’s hopes of making a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the men executed Britain’s carefully choreographed change-of-power ritual, in which Mr. Brown visited the queen to resign and Mr. Cameron followed shortly thereafter to assume power.
The move returns the Tories to the premiership for the first time since 1997—but they return to Downing Street under far-from-ideal circumstances. The country faces problems that include a massive budget deficit and an economy that has been slow to recover from the recession.
Mr. Cameron will have to tackle those woes without the big parliamentary majority he was long expected to have, but squandered in the final months of a historic, topsy-turvy campaign. Instead, he faces the prospect of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
Sweeping into a newly vacated Downing Street amid cheers, Mr. Cameron acknowledged that a coalition government will present challenges.
“Our country has a hung Parliament…and we have some deep and progressing problems, a huge deficit, deep social problems and a political system in need of reform,” he said.
That coalition will force the Conservatives to concede key policy ground on issues such as taxes and electoral reform—despite the fact that the Tories won five times more parliamentary seats in Thursday’s election. Mr. Clegg will be deputy prime minister, and discussions were under way late Tuesday that would also award cabinet posts in the government to the Liberal Democrats, with the Conservative’s George Osborne and William Hague taking Treasury chief and foreign secretary respectively.
For any coalition deal to be completed, the leadership of both parties must still ask members of their respective groups to back the deal. And that may not be a certainty given a huge gulf that divides them on everything from managing the economy to immigration and relations with Europe.
If the two sides don’t manage to agree on the coalition, the Tories can still go it alone in a minority administration. But they would be dependent on support from other parties to pass legislation.
Either way, the Conservatives are faced with keeping a government together as they try to push through aggressive spending cuts to Britain’s much-loved public services, with £6 billion to come this year alone.
The new government must do this without upending a fragile economic recovery and must deal with other issues, such as public anger if progress isn’t seen in the unpopular war in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday night, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were close to finalizing terms on a coalition after an attempt by the newly deposed Labour Party to seal a deal with the Liberal Democrats failed. The party’s last toss of the dice, after 13 years in power, crashed amid opposition from Labour Party lawmakers and the realization that any coalition, which would need the help of other parties, would be too fragile to survive.
The High and Lows of Labour’s 13-Year Reign
May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
April 1998: Blair helps broker historic peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
June 2001: With economy growing, Blair re-elected by wide margins.
September 2001: Terrorists attack the U.S.; Blair subsequently backs U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
March 2003: Blair backs U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which quickly becomes a political liability for Labour.
September 2004: Protesters storm Parliament in opposition to Labour’s proposed ban on fox hunting.
May 2005: Blair re-elected again, but Labour’s majority in Parliament shrinks.
July 2005: Terrorist bombings of London’s transit system kill dozens.
June 2007: Facing low approval ratings and internal party pressure, Blair resigns, handing power to Gordon Brown.
September 2007: Mortgage lender Northern Rock requires rescue by Bank of England, in harbinger of financial crisis.
October 2008: Brown unveils bailout of several big U.K. banks, serving as a model for U.S. and other government rescues.
April 2010: Brown asks the queen to dissolve Parliament and call national elections.
After an emotional farewell speech in front of his staff and supporters outside No. 10 Downing St., Mr. Brown headed to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation, ending a long career at the top of British politics with the words “thank you and goodbye.”
The Liberal Democrats’ leadership was set to meet with party lawmakers and other senior officials early Tuesday evening in London in what could prove the last major hurdle to a coalition deal. The Liberal Democrats need backing from three quarters of their lawmakers and their governing Federal Executive.
Financial markets reacted positively to signals that a deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats seemed set to happen.
The pound surged on the news with the euro sinking 0.7% to the day’s low of £0.8514. Sterling spiked by the same amount against the dollar to the day’s high of $1.4915.
A day of frantic back-and-forth meetings began with Tory impatience about the lack of a conclusion to power-sharing talks with the Liberal Democrats that began Friday.
“The Liberals played us quite smartly, kept us in the wings to keep the Tories keen,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, who until Tuesday evening was a government minister. In a sign of likely recrimination that could hurt Labour, Mr. Fitzpatrick said his party should never have tried to torpedo the Liberal Democrat talks with the Conservatives, given the Tories had won the most seats
Thursday’s general election left Mr. Cameron’s Conservatives as the largest in Parliament, with 306 seats, compared with 258 for Mr. Brown’s Labour party. A party needs 326 seats to form a majority government.
With 57 seats, the Liberal Democrats would guarantee a Conservative-led government a majority.
But not all Conservatives are on board for a deal with the Liberal Democrats. The Tories offered a referendum on the alternative-vote system, in which the electorate numbers their candidates in order of preference and it is the one with more than 50% of the vote that wins the seat. Many Tories don’t want to tamper with a system that works well for the bigger parties, in which it is the number of seats won in the House of Commons, rather than the proportion of the vote, that wins the day.
Outside Downing Street, his pregnant wife at his side, Mr. Cameron set out the values that he has used to modernize the party and push it to a victory after three consecutive landslide losses.
“I want to try and build a more responsible society in Britain, one where don’t just ask what are my entitlements but what are my responsibilities,” he said. But in a classic Cameron twist to this traditional Conservative message in which the poor and needy are looked after by the state, the new Prime Minister spelt out that “those who can should and those who can’t we will always help.LONDON—Conservative Party leader David Cameron on Tuesday completed a tortuous journey to become Britain’s prime minister, and essentially clinched a fragile power-sharing deal with the country’s No. 3 political party in the wake of Thursday’s inconclusive election.
Five frenetic days after a general election that resulted in a so-called hung Parliament—in which no party holds a majority—Mr. Cameron’s Tories agreed on a power-sharing deal with the Liberal Democrat Party headed by Nick Clegg, subject to official approval by the two parties.
The 43-year-old Mr. Cameron became Britain’s youngest prime minister since 1812 after the incumbent, Labour Party leader Gordon Brown, abandoned his own party’s hopes of making a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the men executed Britain’s carefully choreographed change-of-power ritual, in which Mr. Brown visited the queen to resign and Mr. Cameron followed shortly thereafter to assume power.
The move returns the Tories to the premiership for the first time since 1997—but they return to Downing Street under far-from-ideal circumstances. The country faces problems that include a massive budget deficit and an economy that has been slow to recover from the recession.
Mr. Cameron will have to tackle those woes without the big parliamentary majority he was long expected to have, but squandered in the final months of a historic, topsy-turvy campaign. Instead, he faces the prospect of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
Sweeping into a newly vacated Downing Street amid cheers, Mr. Cameron acknowledged that a coalition government will present challenges.
“Our country has a hung Parliament…and we have some deep and progressing problems, a huge deficit, deep social problems and a political system in need of reform,” he said.
That coalition will force the Conservatives to concede key policy ground on issues such as taxes and electoral reform—despite the fact that the Tories won five times more parliamentary seats in Thursday’s election. Mr. Clegg will be deputy prime minister, and discussions were under way late Tuesday that would also award cabinet posts in the government to the Liberal Democrats, with the Conservative’s George Osborne and William Hague taking Treasury chief and foreign secretary respectively.
For any coalition deal to be completed, the leadership of both parties must still ask members of their respective groups to back the deal. And that may not be a certainty given a huge gulf that divides them on everything from managing the economy to immigration and relations with Europe.
If the two sides don’t manage to agree on the coalition, the Tories can still go it alone in a minority administration. But they would be dependent on support from other parties to pass legislation.
Either way, the Conservatives are faced with keeping a government together as they try to push through aggressive spending cuts to Britain’s much-loved public services, with £6 billion to come this year alone.
The new government must do this without upending a fragile economic recovery and must deal with other issues, such as public anger if progress isn’t seen in the unpopular war in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday night, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were close to finalizing terms on a coalition after an attempt by the newly deposed Labour Party to seal a deal with the Liberal Democrats failed. The party’s last toss of the dice, after 13 years in power, crashed amid opposition from Labour Party lawmakers and the realization that any coalition, which would need the help of other parties, would be too fragile to survive.
The High and Lows of Labour’s 13-Year Reign
May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
May 1997: Labour’s Tony Blair becomes U.K. prime minister in landslide victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
April 1998: Blair helps broker historic peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
June 2001: With economy growing, Blair re-elected by wide margins.
September 2001: Terrorists attack the U.S.; Blair subsequently backs U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
March 2003: Blair backs U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which quickly becomes a political liability for Labour.
September 2004: Protesters storm Parliament in opposition to Labour’s proposed ban on fox hunting.
May 2005: Blair re-elected again, but Labour’s majority in Parliament shrinks.
July 2005: Terrorist bombings of London’s transit system kill dozens.
June 2007: Facing low approval ratings and internal party pressure, Blair resigns, handing power to Gordon Brown.
September 2007: Mortgage lender Northern Rock requires rescue by Bank of England, in harbinger of financial crisis.
October 2008: Brown unveils bailout of several big U.K. banks, serving as a model for U.S. and other government rescues.
April 2010: Brown asks the queen to dissolve Parliament and call national elections.
After an emotional farewell speech in front of his staff and supporters outside No. 10 Downing St., Mr. Brown headed to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation, ending a long career at the top of British politics with the words “thank you and goodbye.”
The Liberal Democrats’ leadership was set to meet with party lawmakers and other senior officials early Tuesday evening in London in what could prove the last major hurdle to a coalition deal. The Liberal Democrats need backing from three quarters of their lawmakers and their governing Federal Executive.
Financial markets reacted positively to signals that a deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats seemed set to happen.
The pound surged on the news with the euro sinking 0.7% to the day’s low of £0.8514. Sterling spiked by the same amount against the dollar to the day’s high of $1.4915.
A day of frantic back-and-forth meetings began with Tory impatience about the lack of a conclusion to power-sharing talks with the Liberal Democrats that began Friday.
“The Liberals played us quite smartly, kept us in the wings to keep the Tories keen,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, who until Tuesday evening was a government minister. In a sign of likely recrimination that could hurt Labour, Mr. Fitzpatrick said his party should never have tried to torpedo the Liberal Democrat talks with the Conservatives, given the Tories had won the most seats
Thursday’s general election left Mr. Cameron’s Conservatives as the largest in Parliament, with 306 seats, compared with 258 for Mr. Brown’s Labour party. A party needs 326 seats to form a majority government.
With 57 seats, the Liberal Democrats would guarantee a Conservative-led government a majority.
But not all Conservatives are on board for a deal with the Liberal Democrats. The Tories offered a referendum on the alternative-vote system, in which the electorate numbers their candidates in order of preference and it is the one with more than 50% of the vote that wins the seat. Many Tories don’t want to tamper with a system that works well for the bigger parties, in which it is the number of seats won in the House of Commons, rather than the proportion of the vote, that wins the day.
Outside Downing Street, his pregnant wife at his side, Mr. Cameron set out the values that he has used to modernize the party and push it to a victory after three consecutive landslide losses.
“I want to try and build a more responsible society in Britain, one where don’t just ask what are my entitlements but what are my responsibilities,” he said. But in a classic Cameron twist to this traditional Conservative message in which the poor and needy are looked after by the state, the new Prime Minister spelt out that “those who can should and those who can’t we will always help.”

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