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A day I have worked for for 13 years
11/05/2010 23:22:00

Today, we had an induction day for new Conservative MPs organised by the Conservative Whips. Lots of useful advice on setting up our offices, hiring staff etc.

David Cameron popped in to see us while he was waiting to hear back from Nick Clegg. He was remarkably relaxed in the circumstances and clearly understands that, though we have made real progress under his leadership over the last four and a half years, there are still lots of people who share our values but won't vote Conservative so the job of changing perceptions of the Conservative Party is far from finished.

Later in the afternoon, the news came through that Gordon Brown was resigning as Prime Minister and that David Cameron was on his way to Buckingham Palace. I did a short interview for BBC London with Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North (who, to be fair, accepted with good grace that the electoral arithmetic meant that Labour ought to go into opposition, though she gave a very rose-tinted spectacles assessment of Labour's record over 13 years) then back to Parliament in time to see the pictures of David and Samantha Cameron on the steps of 10 Downing Street on the news. At 10pm, the Conservative Parliamentary Party met to greet the new Prime Minister, a moment I will never forget. I've spent 13 years of my life working for this.

We haven't had a coaltion government since the Second World War. It's going to be strange working with people we were campaigning against a few weeks ago but the country needs a strong, stable government to get us out of the mess we are in so we have to make it work. No doubt the details of the agreement will be made public in the morning.

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