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Nick Clegg: Brown resignation 'could be important'

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that Gordon Brown's resignation could help talks between the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

Mr Clegg said that talks would continue with the Conservative party, but that Mr Brown's decision to step down could "be an important element in the smooth transition towards a stable government".

He was speaking before the Conservatives said in a news conference that they were offering the Liberal Democrats a referendum on electoral reform.

Tory deputy leader William Hague said he would offer Nick Clegg's party a vote on the Alternative Vote system.

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