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  Tory MPs abandon Republicans to back Barack Obama
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Last EditedRalphie  Jul 22, 2008 06:05pm
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MediaNewspaper - Daily Telegraph
News DateWednesday, July 23, 2008 12:05:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA Telegraph survey of the Conservative parliamentary party indicates that "Obamamania" has reached the opposition benches of the House of Commons, presenting a dilemma for David Cameron, the Tory leader, when he meets Mr Obama in London on Saturday.

Senator John McCain, Mr Obama's Republican opponent, has long been a friend of the Conservatives and accepted Mr Cameron's offer to speak at the Tory party conference at Bournemouth in 2006.

The transatlantic bonds between the two parties, from Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan endured through the 20th century.

But that political kinship has been under strain during the presidency of George W Bush.

The Telegraph asked all 195 Conservative MPs if they wanted the Republican presidential candidate Mr McCain or his Democratic rival Barack Obama to win in November.

Of the 113 MPs who responded, 91 had a preference, 63 of whom backed McCain and 28 Obama. Thirteen said they were undecided while nine had no preference.
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