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New British PM holds first cabinet meeting

2010-05-14 02:21:44 GMT2010-05-14 10:21:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Cabinet members of British Conservatives-Lib-Dem coalition goverment took a group photo to mark the first meeting in No. 10 Downing Street on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/ Reuters Photo)

Britain's new Foreign Secretary William Hague, Attorney General Dominic Grieve, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Ken Clarke, Work and Pensions SecretaryS Iain Duncan Smith (from left to right) arrives at No. 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 13, 2010. The new British Prime Minister David Cameron held the first cabinet meeting of his Conservatives-Lib-Dem coalition goverment Thursday morning. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Britain's new International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gilian, Home Secretary Theresa May, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and Defense Secretary Liam Fox (from left to right) leave No. 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 13, 2010. The new British Prime Minister David Cameron held the first cabinet meeting of his Conservatives-Lib-Dem coalition goverment Thursday morning. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Britain's new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Ken Clarke, Attorney General Dominic Grieve and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (from left to right) arrive at No. 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 13, 2010. The new British Prime Minister David Cameron held the first cabinet meeting of his Conservatives-Lib-Dem coalition goverment Thursday morning. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

LONDON, May 13 (Xinhua) -- New British Prime Minister David Cameron held his first cabinet meeting Thursday morning.

According to a Downing Street source, the new prime minister and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg "emphasized their commitment to work together and highlighted the strong shared agenda" at the meeting.

Conservative Party leader Cameron also said: "I think we have a great opportunity to think for the long term.

Chancellor George Osborne said he would work closely with the new Business Secretary Vince Cable, a Lib Dem member, to demonstrate Britain was "open for business and banking reform."

Cabinet ministers in the coalition government have also agreed to take a 5-percent pay cut. Issues discussed on Thursday morning included the economy and Afghanistan.

In addition to Clegg and the business secretary, three other Lib Dems were at the cabinet table, including Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, and Scottish Secretary Danny Alexander.

Cameron will announce junior government posts later, and about 20 Lib Dem members are expected to be appointed at all levels across many departments.

On Wednesday, Cameron chaired the first meeting of the newly established National Security Council. He received briefings on the political and military situation in Afghanistan.

The Labour Party has started the process of choosing a new leader after the resignation of Gordon Brown. Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he would stand for the leadership.

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