Gordon Brown left party headquarters under a cloud but the ball is still in his court. The day after the general election in the UK, the Conservatives are broadly predicted to end up with the largest party in parliament. But short of an outright majority.
As the incumbent, the Labour Prime Minister is entitled to try to govern with a minority.
The current global conditions put pressure on all the parties to agree swiftly on how to proceed. Brown appeared determined to hang on and a struggle is expected.
If Labour managed to cobble together support from a wide array of parties to push through its legislative program, ad hoc deals would be complex.