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article imageUK Labour leader Gordon Brown to resign in September

By Jane Fazackarley     May 10, 2010 in Politics
Some might argue that he should have done it sooner but today the Labour leader Gordon Brown has made a speech outside of Downing Street announcing his resignation.
Thursday's election led to the United Kingdom waking up on Friday morning to the predicted hung parliament and has left voters wondering who will govern the country.
Talks have been held over the weekend and a government formed by the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats was beginning to look likely. A statement has since been released by the Libs Dems saying that they are "seeking clarification" over some issues.
A new leader for the Labour party, Gordon Brown announced, will be chosen by the time of the party conference season which will begin in September.
During his resignation speech Brown touched on the possibility of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. Nick Clegg, the leader of the Lib Dems, is willing to go in to talks to discuss the possibility of working alongside the Labour party and requests for talks have already been made.
The decision for Gordon Brown to stand down is seen as an attempt to help in the forming of a Labour/Liberal Democrat government.
David Cameron, the Conservative leader, will be meeting with his shadow cabinet early this evening. This has been scheduled for 18.00.
Experts discussing the possibility of a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition have said that they think that it could work but the option of them forming a government with the Conservatives can't be ruled out.
Gordon Brown's announcement will now trigger a leadership contest.
During his resignation speech Gordon Brown said, according to the BBC: "I therefore intend to ask the Labour Party to set in train the processes needed for its own leadership election.
"I would hope that it would be completed in time for the new leader to be in post by the time of the Labour Party conference.
"I will play no part in that contest, I will back no individual candidate."
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