Mitt Romney

Kiran Stacey

I wrote in today’s FT about the split in the Tory party between those support Mitt Romney, and think the party should generally support the Republicans, and those who see Barack Obama as the kind of popular centrist David Cameron should be.

But who does the PM himself back? It was suggested in 2008 that he was backing John McCain for the presidency in that year, after praising the Republican’s courage in refusing to advocating protectionist policies. Cameron was certainly delighted when McCain addressed the Tory party conference in 2006, and the PM’s advisers say the two men got on well.

But Cameron’s friends say that privately, he actually backed Obama in 2008. Certainly some around him did: as Nick Boles, the Cameroon Tory backbencher puts it: Read more