A place to discuss the UK election and the results as they emerge.
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5.17am: This is what Gordon Brown told reporters on the flight down to London.
I am the leader of the Labour, but I have also got a duty to the country. Two things are now clear. The economy is incredibly important to our future and we must be sending out the right message to the world. The second is the political reform agenda is there. What is clear is that the expectations of the Conservative party have not been met.
3.26am: On the BBC, Jeremy Paxman says talks between Labour and the Lib Dems have already begun.
2.55am: David Cameron will not challenge Gordon Brown’s right to try to form a government, the BBC reports. Cameron is due to make a speech in about 10 minutes. Cameron will say that the Tories have a moral right to govern. But he is going to respect the constitutional conventions.
Apparently Cameron will also condemn the fact that so many people were unable to vote. (Brown only made an indirect reference to this in his speech.)
It all depends on the final numbers of course; the swings in the target seats are uneven so the exit polls may not be definitive. But by now it’s pretty likely that the Conservatives would be able to cobble together a government with minor party support.
Congratulations to the UK Greens on their first seat in parliament! If the move to proportional representation takes hold it will be the first of many…
[Writers, update at will! — r0b]