Tories moot reform referendum

2010-05-10 20:53

London - The Conservative Party has offered to hold a referendum on electoral reform in a last-ditch bid to woo the third-place Liberal Democrats into joining them in forming a new government.

The first-place Conservative Party has been in intensive negotiations to secure the loyalty of the Liberal Democrats, whose support they need to run the country after Britain's general election left the country with no clear winner.

But the progress of those talks was thrown into doubt when Labour Party leader Gordon Brown announced that he was also in talks with the Liberal Democrats in an effort to cobble together an alternative coalition.

Brown also said he would resign if a deal could be struck.