UK Tories Give Hillary a Hand

Britain's right aligns itself with America's left
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 10:32 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., waves to a member of the audience as she campaigns at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008.(AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Since David Cameron became leader in 2005, Britain's Conservative Party has moved steadily to the political center on issues from climate change to gay rights. That shift has alienated the Tories from their American cousins, the Republicans, and in an election year the division has become especially acute. As the race heats up, writes the Sunday Telegraph, the modernizing wing of the Conservatives is lending a hand to Hillary Clinton.

John McCain remains a favorite of the Tory rank and file, but increasingly the British party is shifting its sympathies to Democratic centrists. One Tory MP showed up at Clinton HQ in New Hampshire and was put to work waving placards and shouting slogans at oncoming traffic. For him the Republicans have been "captured by a rather unpleasant religious agenda, and the Tory Party under David Cameron is not equivalent to that."