May 7th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
4 years ago

UK's Brown seeks alliance to stay in power

Reporters mob Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg after no party won an outright majority in Thursday's UK election.
Reporters mob Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg after no party won an outright majority in Thursday's UK election.

London, England (CNN) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Friday he was willing to forge an alliance with the minority Liberal Democrat party to stay in office after his Labour party won fewer seats than rival Conservatives in a fiercely fought general election.

With no party securing an outright majority in the vote, both the Labour and the center-right Conservatives of David Cameron are looking to centrist Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to help them form a working government.

Cameron offered to explore common policy ground with the Liberal Democrats, including their key demand of election reform, saying a unity of the two parties was the "basis for a strong government."

Brown said Friday he would be willing to negotiate with any party leader, but said the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were "entitled to take as much time as they feel necessary" to forge a coalition.

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  1. Peace

    Gordon Brown and David Cameron are bowing now to Nick Clegg. Nick has not won many seats, but for the time being he looks like as the "Winner". He is the main decider for the next Prime Minister of UK!

    May 7, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. welches, oregon

    what the United States government has done to it's people the last 200+ years is completely shameful. It doesn't matter how hard you work – how responsible you are and how much you try to do the right thing. The government makes sure no one succeeds, it makes sure no one gets ahead and no 'ordinary' person can ever have a successful life. "They" want you ignorant, poor and sick. It's not one particular administration – it's the enitre lineage. That's the only way "they" can control you – if you're desperate and just barely getting by. They spend their entire lives doing this – we spend our lives just trying to hold onto a 'j.o.b.' – we have no energy or money to fight them – and that's just what they want. Can't anyone figure that out?

    May 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. jj

    If you see CNN reporting this way while Cameron won the majority, I smell rat!

    May 7, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Dave

    Please, please, please let Clegg and Cameron form the government and boot the globalist, Brown, out.

    May 7, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. SJ Johnson

    What's the good news when 260,000 (Washington DC math) jobs are created and the unemployment rate buried in the back of the news media list of what not to report on goes up. Once gain it's the old ploy of avoiding the truth. when's the last time anyone talked about more unemployment being good news. Obama's beginning to look and talk like a good old Republican all the time. Oh yes,your news reporting is a perfect example reporting the whole story. Twist it around to get the full effect. CNN is a big part of the problem. You've become as reliable as Fox when it comes to the truth.

    May 7, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |