A fascinating post from Nick Watt on the Guardian blog this afternoon:

"Amid little fanfare last Friday, Cameron travelled to Brussels to meet
José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission. Barroso
is hoping for a second term as commission president from next summer;
if Cameron is elected prime minister in a spring 2009 election, his
support would be crucial."

This is indeed the first I have heard of the visit, which took place the day before the party leader’s visit to Belfast, which happened amid a considerable fanfare.

I don’t recall seeing any notice about the Brussels trip among the many press releases and operational notes which the party sends out daily, although am happy to be corrected if I am wrong.

Nonetheless, I am curious. I’ve put in a call to Mr Cameron’s spokesman and will let you know what I can find out about their encounter.

Jonathan Isaby

9.45pm update:

I got to speak to aforesaid spokesman at the Policy Exchange Christmas Party, who said that Mr Cameron had gone over to Brussels for a series of private meetings firstly at Nato with the Secretary-General and UK Permament Representative, where issues such as Afghanistan were discussed; he then went for a 45-minute meeting with Mr Barroso, after which he did apparently say a few words for a waiting BBC camera. DC’s spokesman said that she would find the transcript of what he said and send it to me – and  I shall publish it if and when it arrives.

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