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Last Updated: Saturday October 06 2007 17:06 GMT

Gordon Brown says no to election

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and BBC journalist Andrew Marr
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and BBC journalist Andrew Marr

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said there isn't going to be a general election soon, despite lots of rumours.

Lots of political experts expected Mr Brown to call an election, so he could find out if the people of the UK still want him to be prime minister.

But now he has told a BBC journalist he doesn't want an election yet, and wants to carry on working for the country.

Mr Brown took over from Tony Blair when he stepped down, and the people of the UK didn't get a chance to vote for him.

Instead he was chosen to take over from Mr Blair by his political party, the Labour Party.

Elections usually happen every four years, but we're not actually due one for another three years.

But Prime Ministers who have taken over the job in this way do sometimes call an election even though they don't have to, to prove to everyone that they're the right person for the job and to get people to vote for them directly.

The last general election was in May 2005. The Labour Party won it and Tony Blair, who was the leader of the party back then, became Prime Minister.



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