A strange new world: Tory/LibDem coalition takes office as HM Government in the United Kingdom

And so a new chapter has opened in the history of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Last night, Her Majesty The Queen invited The Right Honourable David Cameron MP, Leader of the Conservative Party to form a government following the resignation of The Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.

At the time it was not know whether Mr Cameron would form a minority government or a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Of course, since then we have learnt that it is the first coalition government at Westminster for seventy years.

The agreement can be read here.

At present Her Majesty’s Government consists of:

Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Deputy Prime Minister

The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer

George Osborne MP

Secretary of State for Defence

Dr Liam Fox MP

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP

Chief Whip

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equality

Theresa May MP

Secretary of State for Health

Andrew Lansley CBE MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

David Laws MP

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dr Vince Cable MP

Secretary of State for Education

Michael Gove MP

I wonder who will be appointed as HM Secretary of State for Northern Ireland? Owen Paterson?

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