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Gordon Brown will seek deal with LibDems


Gordon Brown is clearly looking to form a coalition government with the LibDems. It seems to be a matter of when as everyone waits for the results to come in.

Shortly before he was about to speak in Kirkcaldy, an aide briefed just that. Economic uncertainty meant that a strong coalition government was better than a minority one and signalled Labour could do a deal.

But even as that went shooting out to the world, another aide came out to say nothing had been settled. The official line — and it’s probably right — is that it is too early to say. They have to wait for all the results. There is no settled position on coalition talks. What is clear is that there will be talks at some point.

Gordon Brown is going to be thinking long and hard on his flight back to London. Somewhere Nick Clegg must be doing the same.