Cameron close to form govt
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
London, May 7: Conservative leader David Cameron today appeared to be moving ahead with efforts to stake claim to form a coalition government in Britain by roping in king- maker Liberal Democrats, even as defeated Labour Premier Gordon Brown attempted to dig his heels for another term.
The Conservative party of 43-year-old Cameron won the most seats in May 6 elections but did not take enough seats to form a majority.
Out of 648 seats declared, Tories won 305 seats, while Labour bagged 258 and Liberal Democrats secured 57 in the 650-member House of Commons. A total of 326 seats are required for an absolute majority.
Encouraged by Lib Demns leader Nick Clegg’s remark that the party with the largest number of seats and votes should assume power, Cameron made a “big, open and comprehensive offer” to him to form a coalition to end the uncertainty created by the hung Parliament, first since 1974.
Clegg earlier said that the party that had gained the most seats and the most votes -- the Conservatives -- should have “the first right to seek to govern.”
The election witnessed history being created when two Indian-origin women -- Priti Patel (Conservative) and Valerie Vaz, sister of Labour MP Keith Vaz -- won the polls. They will be the first Asian woman MPs in the House.
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