David Cameron vowed to govern for the whole of the United Kingdom as he returned to No 10 at the head of a majority Conservative government.
Following an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace to confirm his second term in office, Mr Cameron returned to Downing Street with a pledge to restore unity to the country after a bruising five weeks campaigning.
Speaking on the steps of No 10, Mr Cameron – who had repeatedly warned of the dangers of a Labour government propped up by the SNP – said he would press ahead with the promised further devolution to Scotland “as fast as I can.”
“As we conduct this vital work we must ensure that we bring our country together. We will govern as a party of one nation, one United Kingdom,” he said.
“It means bringing together the different nations of our United Kingdom. I have always believed in governing with respect.
“In this parliament I will stay true to my word and implement as fast as I can the devolution that all parties agreed for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”