Britain’s Gordon Brown does not give up easily.
He waited in the wings for 10 years before finally replacing Tony Blair as prime minister and has seen off numerous coup attempts since he took the top job in 2007 while battling the worst economic recession since World War II.
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But yesterday the 59-year-old Scot announced he would quit as Labour leader in a bid to give his beloved party at least one more chance of remaining in power after last week’s inconclusive election.
Thursday’s election produced Britain’s first hung parliament since 1974 with the Conservatives winning the most seats but not getting a majority. Expectations have so far centred around them forming a coalition with the smaller Liberal Democrats.
Brown, prime minister since 2007, has stayed on as interim leader but four days after Thursday’s inconclusive election Brown has had to concede that only his departure could open the way for a coalition between Labour and Liberal Democrats.
Even that grouping would need the support of other parties in order to gain a majority and extend Labour’s 13 years in office.
It would also keep Brown as prime minister and Labour leader until October, an incredible result for a man who was third place in many polls just a week before the election.