So, the 2010 general election results are nearly in and are pointing to a hung parliament, although the Conservatives will hold the most seats. So, who will the queen invite to form the governmant and get the keys to Number 10 Downing Street?

(By the way, apologies for another election post, but we’ve kind of got the bug today!)

Turns out Labour leader Gordon Brown can keep his slippers at Number 10 for the time being. With a hung parliament the existing Prime Minister is allowed to stay put until the first meeting of the new parliament, planned for Tuesday 18th May.

It’s still not clear what will happen in the case of a hung parliament and the fight is now on to see which leader can form a government.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has previously said that whichever party wins the “biggest mandate” at the election would have the “moral right to govern”. However, Tory leader David Cameron reckons that Gordon has lost the right to govern.

And what’s the deal with 10 Downing Street anyway?

We all know what that door looks like, but did you know that there are 100 rooms in the building? Most of them are offices and conference rooms though; the PM’s pad is on the third floor.

Until 1977 you had to watch your mouth in Number 10 as the whole residence was apparently bugged by MI5 from 1963 onwards.

You can’t actually walk along Downing Street but you can look through the gates on the Whitehall end.

If you haven’t checked it out yet then today’s probably a good day to spot some political happenings!


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