Brown resigns as PM, Cameron to be invited to form government

The BBC report says it all

Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.

Mr Brown is on his way to officially tender his resignation to the Queen, and recommend that Conservative leader David Cameron should succeed him.

Adds As the Guardian’s live-blog notes, Brown’s resignation as leader of the Labour Party “will take effect immediately”.

And Full resignation statement here

Update David Cameron becomes the new UK prime minister.

Cameron’s statement on arriving at Downing St.

Real change is not what government can do on its own.

Real change is when everyone pulls together, comes together, works together, when we all exercise our responsibilities to ourselves, to our families, to our communities and to others.

And I want to help try and build a more responsible society here in Britain, one where we don’t just ask, ‘Where are my entitlements?’ but, ‘What are my responsibilities?’ Where we don’t ask, ‘What am I owed?’ but more, ‘What can I give?’

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  • bulmer

    A sad moment. When he became PM for a few months it looked as if all the promise was going to fulfilled. Alas like Anthony Eden he had been number two just too long. After the 10p tax fiasco it was clear that he had totally lost his bearings. However it was clear New Labour’s time was up. Labour now needs to rediscover its purpose.

  • alan56

    If he could have spoken during his premiership the way he spoke to his workers on resignation he might still be PM

  • Mr Crumlin

    Look on the bright side – bye bye Woodward.

  • The Raven

    Quite a roar outside Downing Street….or was it just the ghosts of miners…

  • White Horse

    Big spending cuts ahead. Look out.

  • alan56

    Wonder will Trimble be in new govt! or Lord Empey!

  • Garza

    Protesters have stormed the Dail according to Sky. Jesus.

  • alan56

    Not Jesus surely. Second coming!

  • georgie leigh

    Generational chance for the Libs up in smoke. Stupid pillocks could have changed Britain forever.

    Tories will win any referendum on PR.

    And Salmond will have fun, blaming the Liberals on Monday for being part of the cuts, and Labour on Tuesday for preferring the Tories to a LibLabSNP coalition.

    And UCUNFs are irrelevant.

  • Dec

    “With an abstentionist Sinn Féin irrelevant to the number crunching at Westminster”….

    Ha ha!

  • daisy

    depressing to think the tories are back. I hope Labour use their time in opposition wisely.

  • East Unionist

    Happy days, nothing against Brown the man but it will be great to see a new government. My only concern will now be that if people had voted for the Ulster Unionist/Conservative link up we could have had people from Northern Ireland actually in the descision making process, instead we are going to be represented by members of the opposition. I do not understand the logic in why people would have voted to be in the opposition and not the government?!

  • Barry Atrics

    And meanwhile the Irish revolution has begun;

    “Protesters tried to break through the gates of the Parliament building during a march against Government plans to inject billions of euros into the country’s banks.

    Dozens of people broke away from the march and ran at the gates of the Parliament’s main building, Leinster House.

    They wrestled with police, who tried to force them back while attempting to secure the gate.

    At least one man suffered a head injury during the scuffles, with organisers appealing for calm.

  • glencoppagagh

    Bring on the cuts and weeping and gnashing of teeth at Stormont.

  • Garza

    Ha the DUP thought they were gonna get to stretch their bartering muscles. Unlucky lads.

  • G O’Neill

    ‘As I said, whatever happens, an abstentionist Sinn Féin have nothing to talk to anyone about.’

    You must have forgot this – i assumed this was the way every post now ends on slugger??

  • Munsterview


    do not wet your knickers just yet, probably a few of the usual lefties from Trinity going through the protest politics stage before following pinstripe daddy into Bank and Boardroom.

    Seen it all before….. and will again. If this was Greece they would be lifting the T.D’s off the roof with choppers by now. It is not, it is Ireland ( well, of most of it anyway). Calm down and keep taking the tablets!

  • PaddyReilly

    At one time it was suggested that realignments in the Episcoplian churches might mean that certain Orangemen would wake up to find that they were technically Catholics. Imagine their dismay!

    I know quite a few Liberal activists who will feel the same way about discovering they are now Tories. Poor Liberal Party. I think we may have another election soon.

  • alan56

    Are we witnessing a realignment in british politics?

  • pinni

    conservatives and liberals pulling in the same direction? don`t think so.

    realignment, maybe, but going all over the place.

    i wonder how long this marriage of convenience will last? like the Big Man used to say: principle sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.

  • Garza

    Yeah it was typical sky news overhyping s**t again.

  • Davros

    Does the “I’ll be back in a week” countdown start today then?

  • chewbacca

    OMG i’ve just realized Owen Patterson is going to be here next, does anyone have the price of a flight!

  • percy

    Bigots in NI cannot expect succor from Cameron
    It is a new day..
    Dail or Dole

  • Alias

    The general public doesn’t read policy manifestos so it won’t recognise any irreconcilable policy differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives. Even where those differences have made it out of the manifesto and into tabloid print (such as monetary independence) they have done so in a way that doesn’t bother the public with the difficulties of macroeconomic and monetary policies or obscure concepts such as economic union sans political union, et al. So it makes perfect sense for the Liberals to overlook policy differences and focus on what the public is concerned about: a change of government. Clegg can hardly claim that he delivered on his election promise of “change” if he supported the existing government. Since folks voted to change that government, a new face is needed to show that the public got what they voted for and that the Liberals did not translate a promise of change into no change at all. This way, at least, the Liberals won’t face a backlash from those who voted for change without having any real idea of what sort of change they were voting for.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Last week the Labour party told us the Tories would wreck the country this week they decided not to do a deal with Liberals and to put the Tories in power.

  • Alias

    Thanks, but our Dail isn’t going to become your Dole.

  • Alias

    The Labour party mandarians didn’t expect the Tories to ‘lose’ the election when they planned their slash and burn campaign in the bunker during their final months. They fully expected that it would be the Tories who would be left to repair the damage they inflicted on the economy, and not Labour.

  • Reader

    pinni: conservatives and liberals pulling in the same direction? don`t think so.
    This isn’t the USA. Over here, both Conservatives and Liberals can aim to roll back the frontiers of the New-labour state.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    a mixture of not having the balls (ed aside) for it and not wanting to allow the SNP to gloat that they were propping them up – pathetic stuff.

    The SNP will have a field day vote Labour or Liberal and get the Tories.


    So idiot Naomi jumped too quickly to join the hand wringers of DUP and SDLP! No influence for them whatsoever.
    Hermon complained that Cameron never spoke to her in the past. I guess that aint about to change in the near future?

  • wee buns

    A big mistake, those ejits Labour gave it away on a plate.
    A sense of foreboding; the collective unconscionable no doubt.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    As Naomi ‘s sister party are in power she will be easily the most influential Ulster MP. Gwan ye girl ye.

  • slug

    Plan to have no income tax for incomes up to £10,000 will I hope reduce NI’s economic inactivity rate. Plan to introduce referendum on AV voting will also be good if passed.

  • Malcolm Redfellow

    Take time out to see what Cameron’s “friends” are saying. You could well start with the Daily Telegraph. And that’s only minutes into the fourth Reich.

    All of us semi-anarchs have well-licked lips.

    Tomorrow … the cuts. (SFX: Psycho)

    — again, I apologise if formatting falls apart. Without preview, I’m trusting to luck.

  • Driftwood

    The deficit has to be dealt with and this will involve pay cuts and job losses for our communist style public sector. And our absurdly generous DLA and unemployment benefits need to be slashed .So the lazy and workshy suffer huge cuts to their indulgent lifestyle. A levy on civil service pensions of at least 15% would be fair and acceptable.
    Then really start cutting. George Osborne, ignore the public sector unions, wield the axe big time. And the Wales/NI communist bloc grant has loads of fat to trim.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Havent the Tories agreed to pass tax varying powers to Stormo so Corpo tax can be harmonised with the rest of the country as per the objectives of the GFA?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Naomi may well have to have a few words with the Deputy Prime Minister about any such monetarist fantasies and dont forget the mad-Tory-right-wing-monetarist-dogs will be kept under lock until Davey gets a chance to pull the pug.

  • glencoppagagh

    And that will knock an extra couple of hundred million off the NI budget under EU rules.
    Do you seriously think they’ll have the bottle for that up at the Stormont sweetshop?

  • slug

    Well capital gains tax are to go up to pay for this income tax reduction.

    The Corp Tax plan will perhaps be announced when the PM visits NI next week. This gives the decision to the Assembly.

    As for AV that will of course go to a referendum but if Labour and Lib Dems campaign in support then who knows. I

  • Driftwood

    Nick has signed his pact with the devil Sammy. Naomi has never heard of Friedman or the Chicago school and will concentrate on cliches and cucumber sandwiches at Girl Guide fetes etc.
    Mr Clegg got his £10,000 tax allowance and the aristocracy have to momentarily bite the bullet on inheritance tax. Make no mistake who is in charge.
    NI, Wales, NE England and the Socialist heartlands will have to swallow the bitter pill of global economics, Romania style.
    Some advice Sammy- do not bet on Leeds Utd and do not think the incoming government owe us any favours. Quite the opposite.
    I think Leeds and Stormont will do well to avoid relegation next season.

  • slug

    The other thing is the ban on double jobbing.

  • Wasted Ballot

    well, the lib dems have finally sealed their fate and will (hopefully) be destroyed at the next election. Every tory fuck up will be lib dems fault. Good riddance.

    It looks to me that the Lib dems didn;t deal with labout due to NC wants deputy prime minister and there was no way Brown was going to be undermined by him.

    I’m not trying to be dramatic but it really is a sad day for us all.

  • smellybigoxteronye

    indeed. the reason is because many in NI can’t think long-term enough to get past their own tribalism, whether in terms of religion or class. ni also tends to be quite inward looking, and has got so used to all the sponging and are quite happy for it to continue as long as #1 is looked after.

  • smellybigoxteronye

    I would say the UCUs are far from irrelevant given that the arrogant DUP spongers have been snubbed and are not needed for any coalition. Good news all round IMO – perhaps NI can now get some form to stop sponging and develop a real private sector!

  • Comrade Stalin

    Sammy, I doubt this is going to happen – the City won’t wear it – but I won’t be placing any bets on that. It’ll take a few months for things to bed in before we can see what way the cards are falling.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Naomi has never heard of Friedman or the Chicago school and will concentrate on cliches and cucumber sandwiches at Girl Guide fetes etc.

    Driftwood, what’s the crack with that bet of ours that you lost ? I seem to recall that you need to pay up £100.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Naomi is now surely the most influential politician in Ulster, anything on her shopping list apart from keeping British money pouring in?

    Wee Reggie off to the Lords and perhaps will get a Junior Minsisters job and an apology from Cameron for wrecking his party?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Driftwood you have been very keen on demanding financial probity from others I hope we are not going to hear of any rescheduling or defaulting on your own financial committments?

  • Comrade Stalin

    I’m very far from happy at this Tory-Lib Dem tieup. I hate the Tories, I’m far from convinced that they are really interested in helping the vulnerable and making the country a more tolerant place, and I’ll never convinced they can be trusted. I’m not yet at the point of forgiving them for their stupid intervention with the UUP here, and their move to talk to the Orange Order which had the effect of lending credibility to that backwards organization.

    But looking at events yesterday it is very hard to see what other way things could have gone. It is clear that a hookup with Labour could not happen because the party is undergoing some kind of implosion, and Gordon Brown had completely lost his authority to lead it. I believe he moved quickly to resign in order to avoid that spat spilling over any further into the public and allow Labour to move on to focus on its leadership campaign.

    The choice for the Lib Dems therefore fell to either having a minority Tory government and taking every vote as it came, taking the blame for the instability and uncertainty, or having a go at being in office and having some kind of influence over policy. Politicians are in the business of being in government and there are signs that the Tories have been constructive – dropping their “help the rich” inheritance tax proposals (something the wealthy grassroots may not forgive them for) and adopting the Lib Dem income tax plans. It is a real shame there could not be a better deal on PR and Trident, but there was no leverage to make either of these happen.

    I am a little bit concerned at the “fixed term parliament” proposals. On one hand I like the idea of a Prime Minister not having the weapon of a general election threat at his disposal. On the other hand, I do not like the idea that a lame duck PM would have to struggle on without anything being done until the end of his term, and any problems with this LibDem/Con tieup will obviously lead to a long period of stagnation. It will be interesting to see the legislation.

    In terms of Northern Ireland, the opportunity for NI MPs to have any influence has pretty much passed. The government will be keen not to punish us too hard as there’s no doubt, on a majority of around 40, it will only take a few rebels to make things difficult for the administration. I’m hopeful that the impact of cuts in NI will at least be moderated but it is clear that there will be tough decisions ahead for the Executive.

  • DoctorWho

    Take a look at this rousing piece of oratory from Gordon Brown during the election campaign, at a UK Citizens conference.
    Unfortunately the media chose to concentrate on his misdemeanour of calling a narrow minded old woman, a “bigot”.
    This speech was never even partially reported on by Sky News.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    “In terms of Northern Ireland, the opportunity for NI MPs to have any influence has pretty much passed”

    What about LUCANF – Liberal-UnionistConservative-Alliance-New-Front for fecks sake, Naomi is the new Reginald Empty now surely?