Lib Dem support up for grabs

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David Cameron opened talks with Nick Clegg today about a possible power sharing deal after making a “big, open and comprehensive offer” to the Lib Dem leader in the wake of Britain’s first hung parliament since 1974.

After the closest election race for a generation the Conservatives were left with 307 seats, a net gain of 97 but still 19 short of a majority.

Gordon Brown, who returned to Downing Street at 7am, said that he wanted to try to form a government in the national interest with the Lib Dems and other parties.

Shortly after Mr Cameron’s public appeal for partnership, a Liberal Democrat spokesman confirmed that the two leaders had spoken on the telephone and agreed to “explore further plans” for economic and political reform.

Full story: David Cameron opens bidding for Lib Dem support – The Times