GOP Eyes Resurgent UK Conservatives
Cameron's centrist style may help show GOP route back to power
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 8:23 AM CST
Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron delivers a speech to the CBI annual conference at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London last week.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Britain's Conservative Party is widely expected to regain power next year after over a decade in opposition, and the US Republican Party is starting to look for lessons from across the Atlantic. David Cameron has led the UK conservatives party to a big lead in the polls after it was trounced in three successive elections, but his centrist style and fuzziness on certain policy issues isn't to the taste of many Republicans.

Cameron, who has embraced environmental issues and avoided discussion of divisive issues like tax cuts, shows that a leader needs to appeal to "the voters you need to gain, not the voters you already have," former Bush speechwriter George Frum tells the Wall Street Journal. The Republican debate over Cameron is expected to intensify if he wins Britain's next election, due to be held before June next year.