Britain's Conservatives, Liberals in talks

8th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties held talks Friday to discuss a possible deal on the shape of the next government following the inconclusive general election results.

The main opposition Conservatives won the most seats in Thursday's vote but not enough to command a majority in parliament's lower House of Commons.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party came second, with the Liberals third.

Senior figures from the Conservative and Lib Dem parties held talks at the Cabinet Office in central London.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman confirmed that the negotiating teams met for just over an hour.

"They had a discussion and they agreed that future meetings will take place," he said.

Both sides were giving little away.

As he left the Cabinet Office, William Hague, the Conservatives' foreign affairs spokesman and party leader David Cameron's de facto deputy, said only: "We've had an intitial meeting, that's all there is to say about it at the moment."

The party's finance spokesman George Osborne did not speak to reporters.

Senior Liberals also said little as they left their party headquarters in London later Friday.

Party leader Nick Clegg did not speak to reporters as he departed, while finance spokesman Vince Cable was similarly tight-lipped.

But party grandee Simon Hughes said: "Things are going properly. Things are going carefully. I am not going to speculate. You'll just have to wait."

Sky News television reported a senior Lib Dem strategist as saying no deal would be announced on Friday or Saturday morning.

© 2010 AFP

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