) -- A national election in Great Britain will take place on May 6, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Tuesday.
Brown and his Labour Party are trailing in the polls to Conservative Party leader David Cameron. A victory for the Conservatives would return the party to power for the first time in 13 years.
Brown on Tuesday traveled to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth II for permission to dissolve Parliament.
Brown has said his campaign would focus on the Labour Party's efforts to bring Britain through a near-collapse of its economy.
"I have not spent the last two years taking this economy through the worst financial recession to sit back and allow a Conservative Party which has no idea about how to run the economy to put it all at risk," Brown said in an interview with the U.K.'s
Cameron said Tuesday that "Labour's big government has failed," the