Reviews : 'Let's Go To It': Brown Confirms May 6 Poll

Gordon Brown has set off on the campaign trail after confirming there will be a General Election on May 6 in a speech in Downing Street.

He said he had visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace and wanted to ask the British people for a mandate to secure the economic recovery.

"Over the next few weeks I will go round the country - the length and breadth of our land - and I will take to the people a very straightforward and clear message - Britain is on the road to recovery and nothing we do should put that recovery at risk," he said.


Mr Brown began by saying he came from an "ordinary middle class family in an ordinary town" and would never forget the values instilled by his parents.
Flanked by the Cabinet, he added: "I am not a team of one, as everybody can see I'm one of a team." He admitted the election date was the "least well-kept secret" in years and concluded by saying: "Let's get to it."
Mr Brown asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament on April 12 in a private meeting lasting 22 minutes.
After making his case to voters outside No 10, Mr Brown and his wife Sarah were greeted by cheering wellwishers at St Pancras before travelling to a Morrisons supermarket in Rochester, a marginal seat.
Conservative leader David Cameron set out the themes of his own campaign in a speech beside the Thames.
Accompanied by his pregnant wife Samantha, he told an assembled crowd: "You don't have to put up with another five years of Gordon Brown."
The Tory leader said he will fight on behalf of the "great ignored".

"They're good, decent people - they're the people of Britain and they just want a reason to believe that anything is still possible in our country," he said. He asked voters to reject the idea they should stick with Labour because they are familiar.

"We need to say to people, don't just put up with what you have got. Don't just ask for better from your politicians. Demand that you get better," he said.

Earlier today, Mr Cameron said he was "delighted" the political battle is set to begin. He said he would focus on "getting out around the country, talking and listening to people." He added: "A fresh start - that's what I offer."

Mr Cameron's first campaign stop was a hospital in Edgbaston.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg spoke to Sky News outside his home this morning.

"This is a choice between the old politics of the other two parties and something new," he said. "It's not a two horse race... It's wide open, all bets are off."

After rallying party staff, he headed to Watford in the Lib Dem battlebus. This election will feature Britain's first live televised leaders' debates. Sky News' debate will be held at 8pm on Thursday April 22 in the south west of England.

The Sky News Wales Debate is 10.30am on Sunday April 18 ain Cardiff, followed by the Sky News Scotland Debate is 10.30am on Sunday April 25 in Edinburgh. The ITV Debate will be held on Thursday April 15 at 8.30pm in the north west of England.

Source: www.skynews.com

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