British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday brushed off big losses for his Conservative party in last week’s local elections by reiterating the government’s commitment to cut spending.
Cameron appeared with Liberal Democrat Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, at a tractor plant in southeast England in a bid to show that the coalition remains united.
“I’m afraid we can’t let up on the difficult decision we’ve made to cut public spending and to get our deficit and our debt under control,” Cameron said.
“I know it’s hard, I know it’s difficult but when you’ve got a debt problem, the one thing you mustn’t do is keep adding endlessly to that debt.”
The rare joint speech came ahead of today’s unveiling of the coalition government legislative programme for the next year.
The centrepiece of that ceremony is the Queen’s Speech in which the British monarch outlines the bills that will be brought before parliament.
One key bill – demanded by the Liberal Democrats – is to introduce elections to the upper chamber, the House of Lords.