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General election: UK faces hung parliament

7th May 2010

The UK is facing its first hung parliament since 1974 after yesterday's (May 6th) general election failed to establish a majority government.

With none of the three main parties managing to secure the necessary 326 seats to win an overall majority, their leaders will begin negotiations to determine who can form the next government.

At the time of writing, the Conservative Party holds 305 seats, compared to Labour's 258 and the Liberal Democrats' 57, with two left to declare.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who has repeatedly rejected his media tag of 'king maker', said the Conservative Party should be the first to attempt to form a new government, as it secured the most votes.

'It seems to me in a situation like this, it's vital that all political parties, all political leaders, act in the national interest and not out of narrow party political advantage,' he added.

Speaking this afternoon, Conservative leader David Cameron claimed he is prepared to make a 'big, open and comprehensive offer' for the Lib Dems to form the next government with his party.

In addition, Gordon Brown revealed that he wants to speak to Mr Clegg about a Labour-Lib Dem government if the talks with Mr Cameron 'come to nothing'.

Ousted MPs were not the only people left upset last night, with voters in parts of London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Surrey unable to exercise their democratic right as a result of lengthy queues. Hundreds of voters were turned away when polling stations closed at 22:00.

An investigation into the incidents will be launched by the Electoral Commission.

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