Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.
His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government.
Labour’s attempts to negotiate a deal of their own with the Lib Dems, after last week’s inconclusive election result, ended in failure on Tuesday.
Born: 20 February 1951
Educated: Kirkcaldy High School, Edinburgh University
Family: Married, two sons (daughter died shortly after birth)
1972: Rector, Edinburgh University
1975: Temporary lecturer
1976: Politics lecturer,Glasgow College of Technology
1980: Television journalist, STV current affairs
1983: Labour MP, Dunfermline East
1985: Opposition front bench trade and industry spokesman
1987: Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
1989: Shadow trade and industry spokesman
1992: Shadow chancellor