British PM's party 'can't continue' after vote: top Tory

7th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

A senior Conservative said Thursday that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's ruling Labour party "can't continue in government" after exit polls suggested they had lost Britain's general election.

George Osborne, who would likely be finance minister under David Cameron in a Tory government, told the BBC: "I don't think there's any question at all of Labour being able to continue in office."

He added that Labour needed to "get real -- they have been rejected by the British public... I think it's pretty clear that Labour can't continue in government".

The Conservatives had 305 seats, 21 short of an overall majority of 326, Labour had 255 and the Liberal Democrats 61, an exit poll compiled by British broadcasters suggested as polling stations closed.

© 2010 AFP

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