8 Jan 2013

UK coalition govt to serve full five years

12:44 pm on 8 January 2013

British prime minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg have pledged to continue their coalition government for a full five years until the next general election in May 2015.

At a joint media conference on Monday, they said reducing Britain's budget deficit would remain at the heart of the government's programme.

The BBC reports Mr Cameron promised help on childcare costs, care costs for the elderly and investment in roads as they marked the halfway point of their government.

Mr Clegg said the coalition had brought about "big, bold reforms" that would stand the test of time.

A mid-term review listing what the government says it has achieved in meeting its coalition agreement and outlining further reforms to come, was presented to the cabinet for the first time on Monday morning.

Mr Cameron promised the coalition would continue to go "full steam ahead" in reforming the economy and tackling the deficit.