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David Cameron's cabinet got "straight down to business" at their first meeting, as the prime minister finalises his coalition government.

Universities Minister David Willetts said they wasted no time, while Education Secretary Michael Gove said there was a "sense of common purpose".

Issues discussed on Thursday 13th May included the economy and Afghanistan.

He began the business of government on Wednesday evening with a first meeting of the new National Security Council. It followed a press conference in the No. 10 garden with deputy prime minister and coalition partner Nick Clegg.

During the event, the two men joked together as they set out what they wanted to achieve with the first UK coalition government since the Second World War - an alliance Mr Cameron said could mark a "seismic shift" in British politics.

In Thursday's first cabinet meeting, Mr Clegg sat opposite Mr Cameron, who was sitting beside Foreign Secretary William Hague.

In addition to Mr Clegg, four other Liberal Democrats were at the cabinet table. They were Vince Cable, who is Business Secretary; Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws; Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne; and Scottish Secretary Danny Alexander.

Mr Cameron told those gathered: "I think we have a great opportunity to think for the long term.

"One of the things that has been a real problem in recent years is the sense there might be a general election - well, I certainly felt it - there might be a general election at any moment, [which] meant that government didn't think for the long term and I think we have a great opportunity to do that."

Mr Clegg said there was "a huge overlap, a shared agenda and a common purpose between the two parties".

Mr Cameron talked a lot about Afghanistan and said he "couldn't stress how high it was on the new government's agenda". Defence Secretary Liam Fox said he would be updating parliament much more frequently on the situation in the war zone.

Mr Hague said he was pleased that the government appeared to have been well-received inter­nati­onal­ly.

The BBC News channel's chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg said cabinet members were encouraged to keep their differences quiet and told that a special coalition committee would be set up, co-chaired by Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg, to provide a forum in which to thrash out any disagreements.

 

At Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we are hoping that with a new Government now in place positive changes will start to happen.

 

Position

Person

Prime Minister

David Cameron

Deputy Prime Minister

Nick Clegg

Foreign Sec

William Hague

Chancellor

George Osborne

Business/­banking

Vince Cable

Defence

Liam Fox

Health

Andrew Lansley

Energy/Climate

Chris Huhne

Justice Sec

Ken Clarke

Home Sec

Theresa May

Education

Michael Gove

Chief Sec to Treasury

David Laws

Scottish Sec

Danny Alexander

Communities Sec

Eric Pickles

Culture/­Olympics

Jeremy Hunt

Work & Pensions

Iain Duncan Smith

Tory Chair

Baroness Warsi