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Cameron: Brown 'may not be appropriate' at IMF


The prime minister has insisted that the coalition government is working well together, despite recent disagreements on immigration and the NHS.

Interviewed by Today presenter Evan Davis, David Cameron said "I don't think we're a cautious government that just is a sort of lowest common denominator - 'let's find where we can agree and do those things' - we're actually taking difficult decisions about things that need to be done for the long-term good of the country".

Asked about the pause in changes to the NHS, Mr Cameron rejected suggestions that the government had tried to bring in the re-organisation too quickly and that it had been right "to get moving" on the issue.

But he also said that it was right "to stop and pause, rethink and improve... and at same time ensure we have more full-throated support from those who work for the NHS."

He added that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to heal the divide between health care and social care.

The prime minister also clearly indicated he would oppose any attempt to appoint Gordon Brown as the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, saying "it does seem to me that if you have someone who didn't think we had a debt problem in the UK when we self-evidently do have a debt problem, then they might not be the most appropriate person to work out whether other countries around the world have debt and deficit problems".

And Mr Cameron also backed the idea of changing the royal succession rules so any daughters of Prince William would have the same rights as his sons.

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