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Cardinal Nichols congratulates Cameron on election victory

David and Samantha Cameron pose outside 10 Downing Street (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has congratulated David Cameron on his election victory and said the Church “looks forward” to working with the new Parliament.

The cardinal added that among the Government’s challenges were attending to the “needs of the poorest people in our society”.

Cardinal Nichols said: “I send my congratulations to Prime Minister David Cameron on the result of yesterday’s general election. His new government faces many challenges, not least encouraging and sustaining economic growth and, at the same time, giving particular attention to the needs of the poorest people in our society today. The Catholic Church in England and Wales looks forward to working with the newly elected Parliament for the common good of all.”

The Conservatives surprised pollsters by securing a majority of 331 seats to Labour’s 232.