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Gordon Brown will step down as British Prime Minister……

Gordon Brown

Brown made the announcement outside 10 Downing Street…….

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced today that he will ask the Labour Party to organize a leadership election so that he can be replaced. Brown said that he had no intention of staying “in position longer than is needed” and plans to step down by autumn. However he plans to try to remain as prime minster until then if possible, the Guardian notes.

Brown also said that Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, had told him of his interest in moving forward with formal talks with the Labour Party regarding forming a government.

Here’s Brown’s resignation letter in full:

Here’s the link for the video…….

An agreement for a new government is in the works……( BBC video)…

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 7 Comments

DSD with the final voting Results from the English elections…..

It’s long past time to post the final results for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland now that all constituencies have reported, with the exception of Buckingham (England) where the UK Independence Party candidate died after the election was called but before polling day on May 6th. The Buckingham seat, previously held by a Tory, will be filled on Thursday, May 27th (about 20 days from now).

ENGLAND

532 results out of 533 declared
25.0 million votes counted

297 (+95 – 3 = +92) 9.9 m (39.6%) +3.9% Conservative
191 (–89 + 2 = –87) 7.0 m (28.1%) –7.4% Labour
_43 (–12 + 8 = –_4) 6.1 m (24.2%) –1.3% Liberal Democratic
__1 (+_1 – 0 = +_1) 0.3 m (_1.0%) –0.1% Green
__0 (–_2 + 0 = –_2) other parties, as below

Other parties and candidates:

Seats won and lost:

1 (+1) Green Party (Caroline Lucas at Brighton Pavilion)
0 (–1) Respect-Unity coalition (George Galloway, MP, stood down at Bethnal Green and Bow to run unsuccessfully at Poplar and Limehouse, while his party failed to hold his old seat.)
0 (–1) Independent Community and Health Concern (Dr Richard Taylor at Wyre Forest)

Aggregate votes for other parties putting up candidates in many constituencies

865,000 3.5% +0.9% UK Independence Party (anti-EU)
532,000 2.1% +1.3% British National Party (far right)
259,000 1.0% –0.1% Green Party

The BNP’s leader, Nick Griffin, came in third contesting Barking (East London); at the same time, all 12 of the BNP councillors in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham lost their seats to Labour in the concurrent local government elections.

Note

From the results above (before Buckingham’s special election), 106 seats in all changed hands between the parties in England. Of course, there will be more than 106 new English members of the new parliament, since those 106 will be joined by new members who succeeded retiring members of the same party.

Note #2

Average English swing from Labour to the Conservatives:

+5.6%

However this was far from uniformly distributed; in some regions and constituencies, it was +2% or less, while in others it was +7% or more.

Two-party swing between two elections is derived from subtracting the difference between the two parties’ percentages in the earlier election from that difference in the later one, and then dividing the result by 2. If A wins 50% to B’s 40% in election 1, and 35% to B’s 55% in election 2, then the swing against A would be (-20% – 10%))/2 = a 15% swing from A to B. This matches the average of A’s loss of 15% and B’s gain of 15%.

Detailed results at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/election2010/results/region/48.stm

Update on Government forming talks…..

A quick recap of Sunday’s events. Talks between the Conservative and Lib Dem negotiating teams have been on-going for much of the day. They were described as “positive and productive”. David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the leaders of the two parties, spoke by phone in the early afternoon. Gordon Brown returned to Downing Street where he was joined by Alastair Campbell and Lord Mandelson. He also had his first face-to-face meeting with Nick Clegg, in the Foreign Office. It was “constructive” but resulted in “nothing definitive”. David Cameron has been meeting his shadow cabinet team this evening. Talks between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems about working together in government are expected to continue on Monday.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/election2010/liveevent/

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 1 Comment

News from DSD…….English Election Update……

Cameron and Clegg spoke for 70 minutes before calling it a night. Clegg spoke to his party and Cameron e-mailed his to reassure them about the state of negotiations.

Gordon Brown and family have left No. 10 for their home in Scotland.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/liveevent/

Today is the 65th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day. (The Russians celebrate victory in the Great Patriotic War a day later on May 9th. VJ Day is August 15th.)

All three British political party leaders presented memorial wreaths at the Cenotaph (containing ashes of unknown soldiers and sailors) in London today. David Cameron (C) and Nick Clegg (Lib D) spoke to each other briefly, and then later for 70 minutes before adjourning for the night. Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Lab.) has left 10 Downing Street with his family for his home in Scotland.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/8669508.stm

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

DSD…..Percentage and count breakdown for the English Election…..

After over 60% of the English seats declared (327 out of 533):

212 (+54) Conservative
_94 (–49) Labour
_22 (–_4) Liberal Democratic

No seats held, gained or lost by other parties or independents.

Average English swing from Lab to Cons since 2005: +6.3%

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/election2010/results/region/48.stm

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 6 Comments

Gordon Brown is in trouble….as he goes hunting for votes…..

[ Prime Minister Gordon Brown, back in London on Monday after a day of campaigning in the south of England. National elections will take place on May 6 ]

The Dog doesn’t follow the English politics…..

But has heard of the rise of the English Obama….Nick Clegg (below )

And it does seem as if Gordon Brown’s Labour government is about to get sent home…..

Here’s a piece in Mr. Brown’s camapigning around the South of England….USA style…..

Something Mr. Clegg has brought to England……

Along with promises to move away a bit from Tony Blair’s tight relationship with America and to deal with the countries immigration problems…..

In the newspapers, cataclysm was looming for Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s faltering Labour government. Cabinet ministers were reportedly scheming, squabbling and snapping “Shut up!” at one another in panicky strategy sessions. The question was not whether Labour would lose the election on May 6, but how thoroughly.

But none of this seemed to penetrate the eerily positive parallel universe that is Brown-world. Cocooned in a nest of sealed-off calm with his aides and his wife, Sarah, as he finished a day of campaigning on Monday, the man who might not be prime minister for much longer dismissed the alarming reports as the sound and fury of the news media trying to stir things up.

“It’s the usual story at some point in the election campaign,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, flashing a strained smile. “I don’t think these stories last very long. I think people’s minds are focusing much more on the issues.”

So he hopes. Mr. Brown’s premiership has never been popular with a public that preferred his predecessor, Tony Blair, and has grown weary after 13 years of Labour government. Chronically behind the Conservative opposition in polls over the last two years, the Labour Party is now, humiliatingly, also polling behind the third-party Liberal Democrats with little more than a week left before the election.

But the margins that separate the parties are small, and many voters say they are still undecided. No one is giving up yet. “I will keep fighting to the last minute of the last day of this campaign,” Mr. Brown told the assembled reporters in what constituted his campaign vehicle for the moment — the economy-class, rear car of a train otherwise full of commuters. (The reporters would switch to a bus, and the prime minister to a car, for part of the trip.)

He showed good Scottish pugilism as he sped around several campaign stops in the south. At a nurses’ convention in Bournemouth he drew a standing ovation, albeit a slowly rising one, and from only two-thirds or so of the audience. In Weymouth, he basked in the approval of a garden party-ful of supporters and gamely shook hands with pleasantly startled shoppers in front of the banana and the bread displays at an Asda supermarket.

And in Southampton, the prime minister submitted to sharp questioning at a live radio show, impressing the audience with his detailed, unscripted answers, even if the answers sometimes veered off topic……

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments