Posted by: rowenawilcox | May 10, 2010

Brown to stand down as leader of Labour Party

Gordon Brown has announced he is to stand down as leader of the Labour Party.

Brown said in his statement outside Number 10, he is hopeful his successor will be elected by September as he has “no desire” to continue.

“The reason we have a hung parliament is no single party and no single leader was able to command a majority. As leader of my party I must accept that is a judgement on me,” he said.

His resignation came as Brown, who became PM in 2007, revealed Nick Clegg had asked for “formal” negotiations with Labour.

He added: “I believe on Thursday the country was also telling us they want a new politics and the political reforms we seek will help deliver that change”.

“I now intend to facilitate the discussions that the Liberal Democrats will ask for”.

For a full transcript of the speech follow this link (http://blogs.notw.co.uk/politics/2010/05/gordon-brown-speech-in-full.html).

The big question now is: Who will be the next Labour Leader?

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