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UK Election update: Talks between Tories and Lib Dems to continue today

Published Monday, 10th May 2010 07:30 pm - © 2010 MNI News

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Coalition-building talks between senior Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will continue today, as Britain begins the week mired in political limbo after the Tories failed to secure an outright majority at last Thursday's general election. The Tories won 306 seats, short of the 325 needed for an overall parliamentary majority, forcing them to seek support from the Lib Dems to form a government. Yesterday, negotiating teams spent six hours in "very positive and productive" talks and Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg had a 45-minute discussion. The Tories said they and the Lib Dems believe a unified approach to achieving economic stability would be key to any agreement. Until the Tories and Lib Dems hammer out a deal British law dictates that Labour leader Gordon Brown remains Prime Minister. Labour's Alistair Darling, the UK's chancellor of the exchequer attended yesterday's meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels.

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