May 7, 2010
U.K. Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said that the sitting government has the “first go” in trying to remain in power when no party has a majority in the House of Commons.
“The rules are, if it’s a hung parliament, it’s not the party with the largest number of seats that has the first go, it’s the sitting government,” he said. “I have no problem in principle in trying to supply this country with a strong and stable government.”
“This has been a most unpredictable election throughout and it’s leading to a cliffhanger of a result,” Mandelson said on BBC television. “After three terms in office, of course many people have turned away from the Labour Party but they haven’t embraced the Conservatives.”