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British Voters Set to Oust Gordon Brown as PM.

 

BYTheunis Bates AOL News Reporter along with AP Staff Reports

LONDON (May 6, 2010) -- "British voters today look set to throw out the ruling Labour Party of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. And the man who'll likely take his place in No. 10 Downing Street is David Cameron, leader of the center-right Conservative Party.

 

Right-wing tabloid The Sun, in a last-minute bid to bolster that trend, splashed its front page with a ripoff of the Obama campaign's viral "Hope" poster that read, "In Cameron We Trust: Our Only Hope." The pro-Labour Daily Mirror countered with a smug-looking photo of the Tory leader with the headline "Prime Minister? Really?"

 

Polling stations close at 10 p.m British Time(5pm in New York)., and unless the race is very close, the winner should be clear by 1 a.m.

 

According to a Guardian/ICM poll, some 36 percent of voters will back the Conservatives, while the center-left Labour Party will claim 28 percent. The left-leaning Liberal Democrats -- who experienced a surge in support following strong performances by their leader Nick Clegg in three televised debates -- have slumped back to 26 percent.

 

That survey suggests Cameron's Conservatives, who have served 13 years in opposition, may fall just short of an overall majority in Parliament. However, latest numbers seem to reduce the chance of a "hung Parliament" -- where opposition politicians outnumber a minority administration -- as the Tories could count on the support of their old unionist party allies from Northern Ireland.

 

Today's vote brings an end to a fiercely fought, six-week general election campaign. As some polls suggest that up to one-third of voters are still undecided, the would-be prime ministers have battled up until the last minute in an attempt to win over wavering Brits. Cameron spent the last 36 hours on the road, wooing night workers at bakeries, fire stations and breweries, and then chatting with fishermen as they landed their morning catches.

 

As he ended his campaign last night, he admitted to eve-of-election jitters, saying that the final day of the battle had been a "nerve-racking time" and that while voters had grown skeptical of all politicians, he believed he had won "the big arguments."

 

However, a survey for the London Times Wednesday showed that Cameron himself had persuaded few people to back his party. Only 39 percent of people intending to vote Tory said they were doing so because they held positive views about Cameron, while 57 percent said they supported the Conservatives because of their negative opinion of Brown.

 

The Labour leader hasn't been discouraged by his apparent unpopularity. After a mediocre start to his campaign, Brown has appeared re-energized in recent days. He has hammered the Conservatives for offering "style over recovery" and repeatedly claimed they would endanger the economy with massive cuts in government spending and tax relief for the rich. On Wednesday he pledged to fight for the British people "with humility" if elected, saying, "With the same humility I ask for your vote."

 

For more here the news link.

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/british-voters-set-to-oust-gordon-brown-as-prime-minister/19466823

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I always thought Gordon Brown had put all his politcal stock with George Bush and the war in Iraq and I think the English have been waiting for his re-election to show their disaproval and I think Mr Brown days of reckoning has came and he will be voted out.

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The Polls have just closed at 10pm(5pm in New York)in Britian. Early exit polls by the '3' main UK TV news of BBC, ITN and Fox News's UK sister news station Sky News, suggest that it's too close to call whether Torries Leader David Cameron has enough seats to become the nation's new PM. This is actual good news for current PM Gordon Brown(Tony Blair's replacement)who was given little or no shot to win who now still has small chance of keeping his job in London.

 

Exit polls suggest that Consersatives will become the majority party but it could become a hung vote. So looks like the UK is going to post election hell like we did in 2000 following the Bush-Gore US elections. reactions?

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The Polls have just closed at 10pm(5pm in New York)in Britian. Early exit polls by the '3' main UK TV news of BBC, ITN and Fox News's UK sister news station Sky News, suggest that it's too close to call whether Torries Leader David Cameron has enough seats to become the nation's new PM. This is actual good news for current PM Gordon Brown(Tony Blair's replacement)who was given little or no shot to win who now still has small chance of keeping his job in London.

 

Exit polls suggest that Consersatives will become the majority party but it could become a hung vote. So looks like the UK is going to post election hell like we did in 2000 following the Bush-Gore US elections. reactions?

Don't the polls show which party is in dominance, and that whoever is PM is only inferred based on the party results?

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It's now 4am in the UK(11pm in New York) and although the Torries are in the lead, it's still a good chance for a hung election in which David Cameron may not have enough to win a majority and become Britian's next PM.

 

Looks like the UK election is becoming nuts like what happened here in US 10 years ago in 2000 with Bush-Gore.:eek: A few Voters around the country are already crying voter fraud *cough cough* Fla. in 2000 such as polls closing with voters still on line, running out of ballots, etc. So expect Attorneys to file lawsuits over in the UK after the voting is over.

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It's now 4am in the UK(11pm in New York) and although the Torries are in the lead, it's still a good chance for a hung election in which David Cameron may not have enough to win a majority and become Britian's next PM.

 

Looks like the UK election is becoming nuts like what happened here in US 10 years ago in 2000 with Bush-Gore.:eek: A few Voters around the country are already crying voter fraud *cough cough* Fla. in 2000 such as polls closing with voters still on line, running out of ballots, etc. So expect Attorneys to file lawsuits over in the UK after the voting is over.

So what happens during a hung election? Like I know that the party that had a plurality (most votes) is not the majority yet, like how is the PM selected?

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Young man please read this MSNBC article as it should answer most of your questions here.

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36980690/ns/world_news-europe

Actually I read the AMNY article (which provided a nutshell of info on what could happen) on the train just 15 minutes after I made that last post. British politics are just as messy, or even more messy, than American politics (depending on which way you look at it from)

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An update. Under internal pressure from his Labour Party for losing seats and thus the majority party in power, in last week's national elections, PM Gordon Brown has announced his resignation as the country's political leader starting in Sept. 2010.

 

With this, it looks very likely that David Cameron is the next PM of Britian.

Here news link.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/05/10/2010-05-10_prime_minister_gordon_brown_to_resign_as_political_uncertainty_rocks_united_king.html

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Very likely. I do see "some" parallels between Parliament and the HR of the US. For example, the minority party leader will usually become the Speaker when his or her party becomes the majority party. Of course, the roles are different. But just throwing that out.

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It's a done deal. This story should intrest MTR.

As expected after Gordon Brown yesterday announced his plans to step down as the country's political leader on 9/1/10, earlier today 5/11/10, David Cameron accepted Queen Elizabeth offer to become PM.

According to reports, Cameron and his UK Torries party will form a coaltion government in which Nick Clegg of the Liberal Party becomes deputy PM. Here AOL news story on a historic day in British political history.

 

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/decision-time-in-battle-for-britains-next-government/19472287

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It's a done deal. This story should intrest MTR.

As expected after Gordon Brown yesterday announced his plans to step down as the country's political leader on 9/1/10, earlier today 5/11/10, David Cameron accepted Queen Elizabeth offer to become PM.

According to reports, Cameron and his UK Torries party will form a coaltion government in which Nick Clegg of the Liberal Party becomes deputy PM. Here AOL news story on a historic day in British political history.

 

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/decision-time-in-battle-for-britains-next-government/19472287

Yup, looks very interesting. I just wonder how policies are going to be made with a party gaining a plurality and a coalition of two parties. As a resident in a republic, I don't see clearly how the Queen is involved in British politics. Want to draw some light on this? We tend to think of the Queen as a figurehead, and yet, she offered the PM seat to Cameron.

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Congrats to the new Prime Minister Cameron who will bring youth and a breath of fresh air to the UK. Let's hope Mr Cameron and Obama can undo some of the damage their predecessors did.

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And think of David Cameron is a Bush/Bloomberg type rich man who was raised from a Millionarie family. Cameron's his Dad was a rich businessman/stockbroker and his mom the daughter of a former member of the British House of Lords.

 

Like Obama here in the states, he be under intense pressure to get UK out of the mega recession as well. We shall see.

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