[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/07/art.clegg.gi.jpg caption="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.