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David Cameron took time off recently to plant a rose in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street.

Churchill College commissioned a new breed of rose last year to mark its 50th anniversary, and it has given one of the bushes to the Prime Minister as a gift.

Accompanied by Sir Winston Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames, Mr Cameron wielded a spade to bed in the plant in the garden where he and Nick Clegg unveiled their hopes for the coalition Government a year ago.

The Cambridge college, named in honour of the wartime Prime Minister, hired Peter Beales Roses in Norfolk to create the special peach-coloured bloom.

The rose debuted at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year and has also been planted at the Churchill family home, Chartwell.

A spokeswoman for the college said: "Churchill College discovered that there was not a rose named after Sir Winston and decided to commission one as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010.

"The newly-named Churchill Rose has now been planted in a garden once familiar to its namesake and one of our greatest prime ministers.

"It was a Downing Street tribute to Sir Winston Churchill and in recognition of his time in residence as Prime Minister, Lady Soames, Sir Winston’s daughter, gave David Cameron firm instructions on how the rose should be planted."

Among the guests at the planting were the two people who helped to bring the rose into being – Sir David Wallace, Master of Churchill College and Richard Beales, managing director of Norfolk firm.

Winston Churchill 1874-1965

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