PM Cameron says to form coalition government

Incoming Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Queen Elizabeth during a meeting in which she invited him to form the next government, at Buckingham Palace, May 11, 2010. REUTERS/John Stillwell/POOL

LONDON (Reuters) - New Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he aimed to form a full coalition government between his Conservative party and the smaller Liberal Democratic party.

Cameron’s Conservatives won the most seats and most votes in last Thursday’s election but failed to secure an outright win. However, a coalition with the Liberal Democrats would have a parliamentary majority.

“I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats,” he told reporters.

“I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good and decent government that I think we need so badly.”

He said he and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg were prepared to put aside party differences to work in the national interest.

“This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges. But I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs,” he said.

He also said the new government would have the tasks of rebuilding trust in the political system following a damaging parliamentary expenses scandal.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Keith Weir