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Camerons visit hospital where Florence was born

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Media captionThe Camerons toured the maternity unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro

David and Samantha Cameron have taken their daughter Florence to meet staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was born unexpectedly last year.

Florence was born several weeks early last August while the prime minister and his family were on holiday.

She was given the middle name Endellion in honour of the area, St Endellion, where they were staying.

The Camerons chatted to nurses at the maternity unit in Truro and met other new parents and their babies.

The prime minister and his wife have two other children, Nancy and Arthur. Their eldest son Ivan, who was born profoundly disabled, died in February 2009.

'No more children'

Florence, who turned one on 24 August - was given a balloon as a gift by the staff.

She was sporting a painted toenail - which the PM said was the work of her siblings.

Image caption Florence celebrated her first birthday on 24 August

While speaking with a couple who had just had a son, Mr Cameron also joked that Florence would not be able to have her own younger brother.

"I'm afraid you are not going to have one of those," he said. "That's it for us, we are done."

During their visit, the Camerons met Rob Jones, the consultant obstetrician who delivered Florence by Caesarean section.

Asked afterwards whether he had been nervous about delivering the prime minister's daughter, he said: "I didn't even think about it. I had to act quickly and deal with a woman in labour.

"I was only aware of the pressure after the event, that was when I realised the magnitude of the situation. It was all very exciting."

Mr Cameron - who has faced some criticism over his decision to continue his holiday despite events in Libya - told staff at the hospital he was in constant touch with his office.

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