A little while ago, Brown made his first post-election statement, saying he respects Clegg’s decision to talk first to Cameron, but making clear he is not resigning for now, and offering a referendum on electoral reform as part of a potential coalition with the LibDems.
Just under an hour later, Cameron made his statement (available at the same “live blog” link as Brown’s). After trumpeting the size of the swing from Labour to Conservative, he acknowledged coming up short and needing to work with parliament. He explained what a set of “confidence and supply” agreements with “other parties,” but also made–surprisingly, to me–an offer of a “comprehensive agreement” with the Liberal Democrats. This agreement would have to respect the Tories’ rights to implement most of their manifesto, he maintained, but it would also allow the LibDems to implement some of theirs. Cameron reiterated his preference for FPTP, but also acknowledged that other parties had “their ideas” and offered an “all-party enquiry” on the electoral system. He never used the word “coalition” but the possibility that LibDems holding positions was certainly implied.
A statement from Clegg is expected imminently. Or maybe not. Apparently he never made the statement originally planned (according to BBC TV) for about 2:40. Rather, the party issued a statement (according to the same live blog linked above):
Nick Clegg and David Cameron had a short telephone discussion this afternoon during which they agreed that they should explore further proposals for a programme of economic and political reform.