In UK Brown and Cameron set stage for May 6 poll

Gordon Brown has called the General Election for May 6 and launched his campaign by calling for a ‘mandate’ to restore the trust between voters and the politicians elected to represent them.

Rosa Prince
Telegraph [UK]
6 April 2010

The Prime Minister put the economy at the heart of the campaign by urging the electorate not to risk the recovery by voting for the Conservatives.

Standing in front of his Cabinet, he said: “Britain is on the road to recovery and nothing we do should put that recovery at risk…

…Disclosing the “worst-kept secret” in politics, Mr Brown confirmed that the General Election would take place on May 6.

He said: “The Queen has kindly agreed to the dissolution of Parliament and a General Election will take place on May 6.”

Minutes before he spoke, David Cameron, the Conservative leader, attempted to steal a march on Mr Brown, making his first speech of the campaign before the date was even confirmed.

He said that he was fighting on behalf of the “Great Ignored,” describing the election as the most important for a generation.

“It comes down to this. You don’t have to put up with another five years of Gordon Brown,” said Mr Cameron.

Mr Brown asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call a general election on May 6 during a 23 minute audience at Buckingham Palace.

Their talk followed a Cabinet meeting lasting three-quarters of an hour, with ministers signing off on Labour’s election manifesto…

The complete article is at the Telegraph.

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