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Hunt for new British government continues


Britain’s three major party leaders appeared in public together on Saturday for Victory in Europe day commemorations.

But in private, intense negotiations continue over the formation of a new government.

Conservative David Cameron has offered Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg a power-sharing deal. They held direct talks for more than an hour.

But there are huge differences between the two, not least on electoral reform. Outside the Lib Dem HQ, a demonstration by around a thousand party activists urged Clegg not to compromise on his policy to introduce proportional representation.

Labour is offering a referendum on electoral reform to try to woo the Lib Dems.

“We lost our majority but the Conservatives didn’t win a majority and there’s still a very strong majority both in terms of seats and votes for progressive parties, and for people like me that’s a very exciting opportunity to change once and for all our discredited and unfair voting system,” said senior Labour Minister Ben Bradshaw

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered a referendum on electoral reform and phoned Clegg late on Saturday.

However, within his own Labour party the whispering campaign calling for his head is growing louder.

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