UK's Cameron hopes defeat abroad helps at home

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 28 at 12:03 PM

LONDON (AP) — He lost abroad. But British Prime Minister David Cameron has reasonable hopes of turning his overseas defeat into victory at home.

His campaign to derail the choice of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the powerful European Commission went down in flames, but Cameron's harsh rhetoric about the Brussels clique dominating European Union affairs may serve him well in Britain's general election next May.

Bernard Ingham, former press secretary to conservative icon Margaret Thatcher, said Saturday that Cameron's lopsided defeat — only Hungary sided with him — will be seen by many as a shrewd opening salvo in his general election battle.

"I think he's in a stronger position than he was yesterday," said Ingham. Other conservative backers also said Cameron is better positioned now given the anti-EU mood.

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