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Gordon Brown announces resignation
7:51pm Tuesday 11th May 2010 in News
© Press Association 2010 » Gordon Brown has announced his resignation as Prime Minister.
The Labour leader said it had been "a privilege to serve" and wished his successor well.
Mr Brown, his voice cracking with emotion, also said he was resigning immediately as Labour leader.
He then left Downing Street for Buckingham Palace holding hands with his wife Sarah and sons John and Fraser.
With Sarah standing by his side on the steps of No 10, he said: "My constitutional duty is to ensure that a government can be formed after last week's general election.
"I have informed the Queen's private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen. If the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the Leader of the Opposition to seek to form a government."
Mr Brown said: "I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future. Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good.
"I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature and a fair amount too about its frailties - including my own."
Mr Brown said he had "loved the job, not for its prestige, its titles and its ceremony, which I do not love at all." "No, I loved the job for its potential to make this country I love fairer, more tolerant, more green, more democratic, more prosperous, more just - truly a greater Britain," he said.
He also paid tribute to the armed forces, saying: "Now that the political season is over, let me stress that having shaken their hands and looked into their eyes, our troops represent all that is best in our country and I will never forget all those who have died in honour and whose families today live in grief."