British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called an election for May 6, putting in peril his Labour party’s impressive 13-year run at the head of the British government. Brown’s chief rival, the Conservative party’s David Cameron, is currently ahead in the polls. While Cameron plans to campaign on the promise of “hope” and a “fresh start,” Brown says he’ll be asking voters for a “clear and straightforward mandate” to lead the country down “the road to recovery.” Meanwhile, dark horse candidate Nick Clegg of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, says his party could emerge as a viable alternative to the two established parties. “This is a choice now between the old politics of the two old parties and something new, something different, which the Liberal Democrats offer,” he said.
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