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Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Gordon Brown has resigned as Prime Minister.

He's made a statement outside outside Number Ten - flanked by his wife Sarah - inviting the leader of the opposition to form a government.

In an emotional address, he said he was also resigning as leader of the Labour party with immediate effect.

Hear his speech in full here;

He spent 15 minutes with the Queen at Buckingham Palace where he said he's stepping down - and advised her to invite the leader of opposition, David Cameron, to form a Government.

He left Buckingham Palace for the Labour HQ with no police escort - and got stuck in the post rush hour traffic.

Mr Brown made his resignation announcement outside Downing Street - with his wife, Sarah by his side.

They left Downing Street for the last time with their two sons, John and Fraser.

His voice at times cracking with emotion, Mr Brown said it had been a privilege to serve, and wished his successor well.

Sources suggest he's told friends he plans to resign as an MP and leave politics. We are at this time without a Prime Minister.

Minutes after Gordon Brown announced his resignation - talks between the Tories and Lib Dems ended after five and half hours.

The top negotiators said very little as they left the Cabinet Office, and went to meet their respective leaders.

Here's what William Hague had to say for the Conservatives.

Gordon Brown's resignation brings to an end 13 years of Labour rule. One of Mr Brown's closest allies Ed Balls says it's the end of an era.

Harriet Harman is now in charge of the party for the time being.

Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister in 2007.

Mr Blair's released this statement tonight.

"I spoke to Gordon Brown tonight in a warm conversation that reflected a friendship of almost 30 years' duration.

"I pay tribute to the dignity, courage and leadership he has shown in these last few days and to the quite extraordinary service he has given to our country in 13 years of government as Chancellor and Prime Minister and to the cause of social justice at home and abroad."
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