Gordon Brown announces resignation

| May 10, 2010

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Gordon Brown has this evening announced he is stepping down as Labour leader.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mr Brown, who has been Prime Minister since June 2007 after the resignation of Tony Blair, said he intended to stand down as Labour leader “in the national interest”.

The news comes after Friday’s hung parliament result, which failed to give any political party a clear majority.

The Conservative party won the most seats (306) and most votes in the election and have been in talks with Nick Clegg’s party, the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour party will also start formal talks with the Lib Dems after Mr Clegg had requested formal negotiations with Labour, and Mr Brown said it was “sensible and in the national interest” to respond positively to the request.

Meanwhile, Mr Brown said he wanted a successor to be in place by the time the Labour Party meets for its annual conference in September.

David Miliband is said to be the frontrunner to succeed Gordon Brown as Labour leader.

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