Gordon Brown has hinted he will attempt to continue in power should the Conservatives not win an overall majority.
“The outcome of this election is not yet known,” he said after retaining his own seat in parliament. “My duty is to play my part in Britain having a strong and stable government.”
Downing Street sources have said that Brown will seek to form a coalition government if there is a hung parliament.
And Foreign Secretary David Milliband has said Britain’s political parties should work together to form a stable government, if no single party wins an absolute majority in parliament.
“If no party has an absolute majority then no party has an absolute moral right to a monopoly of power,” he said. “There is a moral injunction to us to talk to each other, that is the new politics.”
Secretary of State for Business Lord Peter Mandelson has not ruled out Labour holding onto power, even if they finish second in the United Kingdom Parliamentary Elections.
The influential Labour minister said: “The rules are that if it’s a hung parliament, it’s not the party with the largest number of seats that’s asked to form a government, it is the sitting government.
“Let’s wait and see. I have no problem in trying to supply this country with a strong and stable government.”
Britain’s Interior Minister Alan Johnson said that if the exit polls are confirmed and Labour do lose the UK General Election, Prime Minister Gordon Brown should be allowed to take his own decision as to whether to stay on as party leader.
Johnson said: “Gordon deserves the dignity of making up his own mind.”
He also pointed to the possibility of a Liberal / Labour alliance: “I can’t see the Lib Dems forming a deal with the Conservatives, I certainly can’t see Labour forming a deal with the Conservatives.
“Given that on the central issue of how we secure the recovery we Labour and the Lib Dems have so much in common and given that on electoral reform we have so much in common…I think we’ve got a lot in common and could really come together on this.”
Polls predict Labour will finish second with 255 seats in the 650 seat parliament.
UK Election: Labour Party set to fight to stay on in power