Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cameron and Clegg Budge Up on Bench for Kick-Off; SKETCH

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cameron and Clegg Budge Up on Bench for Kick-Off; SKETCH

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

A BIG cheer rang out for David Cameron as he literally pushed his way through a crush of newlyelected Tories crowding the gangways.

Nick Clegg, whose entrance went uncheered, budged up at least half an inch to make way for the new Prime Minister on the front bench.

Everyone was smiling. The first meeting of a new Parliament is always a deliriously happy occasion for those who have won seats or survived a cull. And so many new faces! At least 227 brand new, unsullied by expenses, eager new faces peered across the chamber. Strikingly, there were many more Tory women than before.

Missing from the feast, however, was Gordon Brown. The man who took such delight in taunting the Opposition from the Treasury Bench had not turned up to give his former victims a chance to turn the tables.

Twenty minutes before kick-off, the best seats were already taken. Ming Campbell bagged the "Dennis Skinner seat" at the front corner of the Liberal Democrat bloc of benches -- perhaps the former Olympic sprinter was planning a late dash to the Speaker's Chair in case anything happened to John Bercow. …

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