PA 'confident' about working with Tory-Lib Dem coalition

<p>The Publishers Association has said it is &quot;confident&quot; about working with the newly-formed coalition government, despite it raising &quot;many questions&quot; about working cohesively in future. </p><p>After five days of negotiations, yesterday the Conservatives confirmed they would enter a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, with cabinet posts going to members of both parties, and David Cameron being made prime minister. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, <a href="../in-depth/feature/117644-in-the-nick-of-time.html" target="_blank" title=" interviewed in <em>The Bookseller</em></a>, is to be the deputy prime minister. </p><p>Simon Juden, chief executive of the PA, said: &quot;The coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats raises many questions as to how this government will effect change and work cohesively in future. In view of this, The Publishers Association will make every effort to continue advising the new administration as efficiently as possible on behalf of the publishing sector.&quot; </p><p>Juden said the PA&#39;s priorities remained the same as before the election: libel reform, which he described as &quot;a key concern for many of our members&quot;, VAT rates and the implementation of the Digital Economy Act, which was passed in the wash up shortly before parliament was dissolved. </p><p>He added: &quot;We have had ongoing contact with individuals in the main parties as the election results have unfolded, and we will now want to start talks with the new administration as soon as possible. The work that we have done previously in fostering relationships and maintaining dialogue with key contacts in parliament will be crucial at this point. We are confident that we can continue to build on these contacts under the new government.&quot;</p>