Voters want Brown out of No 10

By staff

Nearly two-thirds of voters believe Gordon Brown should have conceded defeat on Friday and quit No 10, according to a poll.

The Labour leader remains prime minister until he is certain he cannot command a majority in the Commons, but a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times newspaper found 62% of voters believing Mr Brown should have already resigned.

Only 28% backed the prime minister’s decision to stay on. Mr Brown is hoping ongoing negotiations between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties fail and that a four-way ‘progressive alliance’ between the Lib Dems, Labour and the nationalists will instead form the next government.

This outcome does not appear to be the preferred one by voters. Forty-eight per cent said they wanted to see David Cameron in Downing Street as the leader of a minority administration, while 31% backed Mr Cameron in No 10 leading a Tory-led coalition.

The Conservatives fell 20 seats short of an overall majority in Thursday’s general election, winning 306 seats.

Labour, the Lib Dems and the nationalist parties together hold 324 seats, but with five Sinn Fein MPs not taking their seats this would be sufficient to command a miniscule majority.