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British PM enjoys new baby

2010-08-29 13:48

 London - British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were enjoying their first full day out of hospital on Saturday with their new baby, Florence Rose Endellion.

The Camerons have resumed their holiday in Cornwall, southwest England, where the early birth of their fourth child caught them by surprise.

The prime minister posed for pictures with his four-day-old daughter on Saturday.

The baby, weighing 2.7kg, was delivered by caesarean section on Tuesday in the Cornish capital Truro.

Samantha Cameron left the city's Royal Cornwall Hospital on Friday.

Conservative Party leader Cameron is planning to become the first British prime minister to take paternity leave. Under British law, new fathers can take up to two weeks' paid time off.

Paid paternity leave was introduced by Tony Blair's government in 2003.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been in day-to-day charge of the coalition government while Cameron has been away.

The Liberal Democrat leader said on Friday he would "carry on holding the fort" until Cameron returned to work.

Florence Cameron is only the second child born to a serving British prime minister since 1849, after Blair's son Leo in 2000.

The name Endellion refers to the village of St Endellion on the north Cornish coast, near where the Camerons are staying.

The Camerons already have a daughter, Nancy, six, and a four-year-old son, Arthur. Their first child, Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, died suddenly in February last year, aged six.

David Cameron is 43 and his wife is 39.