President Obama to call British PM Cameron on TuesdayMay 12th, 2010 - 3:00 am ICT by BNO News
LONDON (BNO NEWS) — Conservatives leader David Cameron on Tuesday evening accepted the offer of Queen Elizabeth II to become Britain’s new prime minister and form a new administration, according to Buckingham Palace.
The announcement follows a day of increased rumors that Brown would submit his resignation to the Queen. Earlier, the Liberal Democrats told Sky News that they were ‘very close’ to reaching a deal to form a new British government.
Brown visited the Queen shortly after announcing his intend to resign in front of journalists at Downing Street. After a brief meeting, the Queen accepted his resignation, a spokesman said.
“The Right Honourable Gordon Brown had an Audience of The Queen this evening and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which Her Majesty accepted,” a notice from Buckingham Palace read.
Soon after, Cameron drove to Buckingham Palace on the request of the Queen. “The Queen received the Right Honourable David Cameron this evening and requested him to form a new administration,” Buckingham Palace said. “The Right Honourable David Cameron accepted Her Majesty’s offer and Kissed Hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”
The White House said President Barack Obama would call Cameron around 4 p.m. EDT (9 p.m. London time).
The Conservatives won last week’s election but failed to secure a majority. Brown’s resignation marked the end of the Labour Party’s 13-year hold on power.
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