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May 10, 2010

Most Britons want reform of voting system

LONDON (Reuters) – Most Britons would like to see a change in the country’s voting system to give all parties fairer representation, polls published on Sunday showed.

Electoral reform has become a burning issue following an inconclusive election on Thursday that handed the balance of power to the Liberal Democrats, a party that is under-represented in parliament due to the voting system.

May 9, 2010

Most Britons want reform of voting system: polls

LONDON (Reuters) – Most Britons would like to see a change in their country’s voting system to give all parties fairer representation, polls published on Sunday showed.

Electoral reform has become a burning issue in Britain following an inconclusive election on Thursday that handed the balance of power to the Liberal Democrats, a party that is under-represented in parliament due to the voting system.

May 8, 2010

Scenarios: Possible forms of government after UK election

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Conservative party has offered to work in government with the third-largest party, the Liberal Democrats, after the Conservatives won most seats in a parliamentary election but failed to secure a majority.

Below is a look at various scenarios:

CONSERVATIVE MINORITY GOVERNMENT – CONFIDENCE AND SUPPLY

* Probability: possible

In a minority government run on a “confidence and supply” basis, a party strikes deals with others on a bill-by-bill basis.

May 8, 2010

Scenarios – Where do we go from here after the election?

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain faces a “hung parliament,” where no individual party has overall control, for the first time since 1974. The Conservatives will be the largest party but fall short of the 326 seats needed for an outright majority.

Below is a look at scenarios that could play out:

CONSERVATIVE MINORITY GOVERNMENT

* Probability: the most likely

In a minority government, the Conservatives, forecast to get around 305 seats, would need to strike deals with parties on a bill-by-bill basis. If they do not strike a deal with the third-placed Liberal Democrats, forecast to get around 61 seats, they could seek support from an assortment of fringe parties.

May 8, 2010

UK’s Lib Dems consider Conservative government offer

LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – Britain’s Liberal Democrat leader
will seek backing from senior party members on Saturday for a
possible deal with the Conservatives after Thursday’s election,
in which none of the three major parties won a majority.

The centre-right Conservative Party won most parliamentary
seats but they need the support of other parties to form a
stable government that can tackle the record budget deficit.

May 8, 2010

UK’s Clegg considers gov’t deal with Conservatives

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will seek backing from senior party members on Saturday for a possible deal with the Conservatives that may give them their first role in government for decades.

The center-right Conservatives won most seats in an election on Thursday but failed to secure an overall majority, meaning they need the support of smaller parties to form a stable government that can tackle Britain’s record budget deficit.

May 8, 2010

UK’s Clegg considers government deal with Conservatives

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will seek backing from senior party members on Saturday for a possible deal with the Conservatives that may give them their first role in government for decades.

The centre-right Conservatives won most seats in an election on Thursday but failed to secure an overall majority, meaning they need the support of smaller parties to form a stable government that can tackle Britain’s record budget deficit.

May 7, 2010

Scenarios – Possible outcomes if no majority party

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain looks set for a hung parliament where no individual party has overall control for the first time since 1974.

Below is a look at a few of the scenarios that could play out:

CONSERVATIVE MINORITY GOVERNMENT

* Probability: possible

If the Conservatives fall short of a parliamentary majority but gain the most seats, as seems likely given the results of the nearly 90 percent of seats so far declared, they will be in pole position to form the next government.

May 7, 2010

Scenarios: Possible outcomes if no majority party in UK vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain looks set for a hung parliament where no individual party has overall control for the first time since 1974.

Below is a look at a few of the scenarios that could play out:

CONSERVATIVE MINORITY GOVERNMENT

* Probability: possible

If the Conservatives fall short of a parliamentary majority but gain the most seats, as seems likely given the results of the nearly 90 percent of seats so far declared, they will be in pole position to form the next government.

May 7, 2010

Results head to towards hung parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – The Conservatives look on course to be the largest party in parliament after the closest election in three decades, but without a clear majority, leaving it uncertain who will eventually run the country.

With 80 percent of results declared by early Friday, the Conservatives had 263 seats to the Labour party’s 200. Conservative leader David Cameron said it was clear the ruling Labour party “had lost its mandate to govern”.

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