The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced as expected that the country’s general election will be held on May 6th.
A month of fierce campaigning will follow as the right wing Conservatives battle to regain power after 13 years in opposition.
Gordon Brown, who has spent nearly three years as Labour PM, kicked off the race by trying to deflect heavy criticism of his handling of the economy – and his leadership.
“I am not a team of one; as everybody can see I am one of a team. A team with energy, substance and ideas, to lead this amazing country in a second decade of a still-new century,” he said outside his Downing Street residence. “We will fight for fairness at all times; we will say to the British people our cause is your cause. The future is within our grasp; it is a future fair for all. Now, all of us, let’s go to it!”
Earlier the Prime Minister followed British election tradition by going to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen as head of state to dissolve parliament.
In recent weeks most opinion polls have put Labour behind the Tories, although several have suggested that no party may get an overall majority.