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Cameron, David (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

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David Cameron became prime minister of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats on 11 May 2010, 5 days after the general election that returned the Conservatives to power following 13 years of Labour rule. On taking office he became the UK’s youngest prime minister in nearly 200 years. In government he embraced broadly the same foreign policy as the previous Labour administration, aligning Britain with the USA and supporting British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, he adopted a more sceptical stance on further integration with the European Union, pledging to negotiate a new relationship with the EU and to put the outcome to a national referendum. Regarding economic policy, he promised to reduce the large deficit in the public finances, while protecting key public services, but had to contend with the recurring threat of recession before signs of a recovery emerged by late 2013. His working relationship with the Liberal Democrats in his first...

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