LONDON: Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has started forming his first all-Conservative cabinet.
After he recorded a thumping majority to return for a second term on Friday, Cameron has decided to retain George Osborne as the chancellor of the exchequer and first secretary of state.
Three senior most leaders of the Conservative Party also retained their former portfolios – Theresa May returning as the home minister, Philip Hammond as the foreign minister and Michael Fallon as the defence minister.
He is expected to finalise his new cabinet in the next 48 hours.
Experts say the new cabinet could see an increase in the number of ethnic minority ministers.
The Conservatives had won 331 seats – 24 more than the previous election, thereby gaining a majority. The party needed 326 MPs to boast of a majority and form a single party government. Cameron has also started planning for the all-important referendum on the European Union expected before the end of 2017.
Leading Eurosceptic backbencher Mark Pritchard said, “The party will be 100% behind the PM as he goes off to Brussels to fight for Britain.”
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council meanwhile congratulated Cameron on his re-election. Tusk said, “UK plays a key role in ensuring that Europe has a common sense agenda, keeping the emphasis on a competitive economy through an effective single market, non-intrusive regulation, and openness to trade with other nations and a confident foreign policy.”
(Source : TOI)