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Nicholas Leonard: Cameron crosses all divides for help on running the UK

Nicholas Leonard

Published 16/08/2010 | 05:00

David Cameron (left) with his deputy Nick Clegg, who will act as his stand-in while Cameron takes a holiday and paternity leave
David Cameron (left) with his deputy Nick Clegg, who will act as his stand-in while Cameron takes a holiday and paternity leave

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron is rapidly turning his coalition into a virtual national government, with three former Labour cabinet ministers now roped in to advise him on sensitive social and political issues.

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The latest to move across is David Milburn, once a key colleague of Tony Blair. Milburn was promptly denounced by the former deputy prime minister, John Prescott, as a 'collaborator'. But like John Hutton and Frank Field, the other two refugees from New Labour, Milburn believes that Cameron genuinely wants to get the benefit of his skills.

Cameron will be on holiday in Cornwall this week and will miss any celebrations at Conservative head office on Wednesday to mark the first 100 days of his administration.

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