Telegraph: "William Hague will lead a team of senior Conservatives to Washington tomorrow on a mission to heal the party’s bruised relationship with the Bush administration… The two-day Washington visit is partly designed to project the Tories as on their way back to power. According to Dr Fox, who will spend a day in the Pentagon, the Tory relationship with the Republicans is moving from "party-to-party" to "very much future government-to-government". However, the Tories’ traditionally close relations with Republicans were badly fractured in 2004 after Michael Howard, the former Tory leader, expressed regret for backing Tony Blair’s case for the war with Iraq."
…AND FOR SOME STRAIGHT-TALKING
"William Hague will tell President Bush to show some “leadership” on
the environment when he leads a delegation of senior Conservatives to
Washington this week. The Shadow Foreign Secretary will use a speech
to foreign policy experts on Thursday to welcome the President’s
description of the US as “addicted to oil”, but will urge him to go
further to tackle climate change. “I will certainly be using part of
the speech I’m giving on Thursday to call for American leadership on
climate change and for them to carry forward what he talked about,” Mr
Hague said yesterday as he announced his itinerary."
WHO WILL THEY BE MEETING?
FT: "Between them, William Hague, shadow foreign secretary; George Osborne, shadow chancellor; and Liam Fox, shadow defence secretary, are expected to hold talks with Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state; John Snow, Treasury secretary; Ben Bernanke, the new chairman of the Federal Reserve; and Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s chief political adviser."
Times: "The significant coup for the Conservatives is to secure a meeting with John McCain, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2008. That takes place on Thursday."
ViewLondon: "The Tories will also meet with several democrats at a discussion organised led by Madeleine Albright, a former secretary of state."
FOX TO ADDRESS THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION’S NEW MARGARET THATCHER CENTER FOR FREEDOM
Heritage: "In his speech to The Heritage Foundation’s new Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, Dr. Liam Fox will explore the factors that make the special relationship work and assess the challenges that lie ahead for the United States and the United Kingdom, from the NATO operation in Afghanistan to the Iranian nuclear crisis, and the growing threat of international terrorism."