British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has today ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that the British general election will be held on May 6.
Following a briefing to his Cabinet, Brown went to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament.
A YouGov survey today puts the Tories back on course to seize power after 13 years in opposition. The Conservative Party are on 41 per cent – ten points ahead of Labour, and over the crucial 40 per cent mark for the first time since the New Year.
“This election is about a very big choice,” Cameron said. “Do we want five more years of Gordon Brown, or do we want change with the Conservatives, who’ve got the energy to really get this country moving?”
Flanked by his entire cabinet, Mr Brown said it was the “least well-kept secret of recent years”. He said he came from an “ordinary” background and would fight hard for families on “modest incomes”.
Conservative leader David Cameron said his party had the “big ideas” for the country, while Lib Dem Nick Clegg said only his party offered “real change”.
It will be the first time that Mr Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have led their respective parties into a general election – none were party leaders at the last election in 2005.