DAVID CAMERON APPRODA A DOWNING STREET. LE REAZIONI DEI POLITICI NORDIRLANDESI
Dopo 13 anni, torna a Downing Street un premier conservatore
“Sua Maestà la Regina mi ha chiesto di formare un nuovo governo e io ho accettato”, con queste parole David Cameron ha varcato la soglia del n. 10 di Downing Street a Londra, insieme alla moglie Samantha.
Il leader Tory ha dichiarato la sua intenzione di formare una “corretta e integrale” coalizione governamentale con i liberaldemocratici.
Il nuovo primo ministro ha detto che il Paese ha affrontato profondi e urgenti problemi, ma che lui e Nick Clegg (nuovo vice Primo Ministro) vorrebbero mettere da parte le differenze partito per fornire un governo forte.
David Cameron ha detto di voler costruire una società forte e responsabile e un sistema politico di cui la gente possa fidarsi nuovamente.
Ha reso omaggio a Gordon Brown per la sua “lunga esperienza nel servizio pubblico” e ha detto che dopo più di un decennio di governo laburista, la Gran Bretagna è “più aperta in casa e più compassionevole all’estero”.
Alla luce del cambio di guardio alla presidenza del governo inglese, si fanno ora speculazioni sul ruolo che potrebbero ottenere i partiti nordirlandesi nella nuova amministrazione.
Non è ancora chiaro chi sarà il nuovo Segretario di Stato per l’Irlanda del Nord, anche se tra i maggiormente papabili figura Owen Paterson.
Peter Robinson, che nonostante la pesante sconfitta elettorale ha deciso di conservare il proprio ruolo di Primo Ministro nordirlandese, sfida ora David Cameron ad affrontare i problemi del Regno Unito “dando prova di essere il primo ministro unionista di cui ha promesso”.
“A Westminster il DUP sosterrà il governo quando agirà nel migliore interesse del Nord e del Regno Unito, anche quando tale comporterà decisioni difficili.
“Tuttavia, è importante che gli interessi a lungo termine del Regno Unito non vengano sacrificati nell’interesse della convenienza politca a breve termine e il DUP si opporrà alle misure che metteranno in pericolo la sovranità o la sicurezza della popolazione del Regno Unito.”
Margaret Ritchie, leader SDLP, ha ribadito che si batterà contro i tagli di bilancio nelle spese pubbliche ed ha aggiunto: “Occorre ricordare che noi in Irlanda del Nord abbiamo i più alti livelli di bisogno quindi ogni taglio potrebbe produrre sproporzionalmente più danni quì e causare maggiore disagio”.
Concorde è apparso anche il leader del Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, il quale ha dichiarato che si opporrà in ogni modo ai tagli alla spesa pubblica.
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Northern Ireland parties react to new government (BBC News Northern Ireland)
NI politicians have reacted to the formation of a new government, with David Cameron as prime minister.
A coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats brings to an end speculation that NI parties would have a role in a new administration.
It is not yet known who will be the new Northern Ireland Secretary, although Owen Paterson is tipped for the job.
The NI first minister Peter Robinson said that he wished Mr Cameron well in dealing with the UK’s problems.
The DUP leader added: “As a party we look forward to David Cameron proving himself to be the unionist prime minister that he has promised.
“At Westminster the DUP will support the government when it acts in the best interests of Northern Ireland and of the UK even where that involves difficult decisions.
“However, it is important that the long term interests of the United Kingdom are not sacrificed in the interests of short term political expediency and the DUP will oppose any measures which endanger the sovereignty or safety of the people of the UK.”
SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie said she would be fighting Northern Ireland’s corner against cuts in public spending.
She added: “It should be remembered that we in Northern Ireland have the highest levels of need so any cuts would do disproportionally more damage here and cause more hardship.”
The Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said local parties should unite against any reduction in public spending.
He added: “The focus here has to be on getting the best block grant possible and in outright opposition to any cuts and democratising all of that by engaging with civic society, with the trade unions, the community, the voluntary and the business sectors.”
David Cameron becomes PM (U TV)
Conservative leader David Cameron makes his first address outside Downing street as Prime Minister of the UK
David Cameron has arrived in Downing Street as the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years.
Arriving with his wife Samantha, he announced: “Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new Government and I have accepted.”
The Tory leader said he intended to form a “proper and full” coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
The new Prime Minister said that the country faced deep and pressing problems but that he and Nick Clegg would put aside party differences to deliver strong government.
Mr Cameron said he wanted to build a strong and responsible society and a political system that people can trust and look up to again.
He paid tribute to Gordon Brown for his “long record of dedicated public service” and said that after more than a decade of Labour rule, Britain was “more open at home and more compassionate abroad”.
Looking ahead to the coalition he will form with the Lib Dems, he said: “We have some deep and pressing problems – a huge deficit, deep social problems, a political system in need of reform.
“For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
“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.”
Mr Cameron said: “Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders who want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and for the national interest.
“I believe that is the best way to get the strong Government that we need, decisive Government that we need today.
“I came into politics because I love this country, I think its best days still lie ahead and I believe deeply in public service, and I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions so that together we can reach better times ahead.”
Earlier, Mr Cameron went to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening to accept an invitation from the Queen to form a new government.
His appointement followed the dramatic announcement by Gordon Brown that he was standing down, bringing down the curtain on 13 years of Labour rule.
Announcing his resignation, Mr Brown said it had been “a privilege to serve” and wished his successor well.
Mr Brown, his voice cracking with emotion, also said he was resigning immediately as Labour leader, recommending that the leader of the opposition should form a new government.
Mr Brown said: “I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future.
“Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good.
“I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature and a fair amount too about its frailties – including my own.”
Mr Brown then left Downing Street holding hands with his wife Sarah and sons John and Fraser.
He was taken directly to Buckingham Palace, where he was greeted and taken inside for his audience with the Queen.