Brown Meets With Queen to Dissolve Parliament
Key step starts clock on national election
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2010 4:30 AM CDT
On the ropes.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

(Newser) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with Queen Elizabeth this morning to ask her to dissolve parliament to make way for new elections next month. The symbolic action will officially mark the beginning of a general election campaign, leaving Brown to fight for his political life in the Labour Party after 13 years in power, AP reports. He'll face Conservative Party leader David Cameron.