Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, today congratulated Mr. David Cameron's appointment as Prime Minister and welcomed Mr. Nick Clegg in his role as Deputy Prime Minister.
He said: `I join others in conveying my good wishes to the Prime Minister and his new government. They face before them a daunting challenge, but many will be enthused and energised by the Prime Minister's stated intention to govern in the national interest and for the common good. I hope civil society, including Muslim civil society, can play its full part during this challenging and perhaps turbulent period.'
`I also hope this heralds a new politics where we restore trust in our democracy and our political class. We hope that the formation of the coalition government is a first step towards achieving partnership for the national interest."
`I also pay tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. His life-long dedication and commitment to public service is inspirational. I agree with David Cameron's assertion that our country is now more open at home and more outward looking. We hope such a modern reflection of Britain is developed and championed by our new government.'
Notes to Editors:
1. During the General Election, the Muslim Council of Britain led a non-partisan voter participation campaign through it's Muslim Vote 2010
2. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with around 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.