Obama poll guru meets Labour chiefs

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Barack Obama’s election guru David Axelrod is meeting Labour’s top brass for two days of intensive discussions, including dinner with leader Ed Miliband.

Mr Axelrod was hired last month on a reported six-figure salary to provide advice as
the party goes into what is expected to be a fiercely fought campaign for the May 2015 general election.

He arrived in London as a set of polls revived questions about Mr Miliband’s leadership by putting Conservatives ahead for the first time in more than two years and Labour back at lows last seen in the wake of the disastrous 2010 election.

The US political consultant was Obama’s campaign adviser during his successful run for the presidency in 2008 and senior strategist for the president’s re-election campaign in 2012.

Labour has said he will be an integral part of their team, working closely with campaign co-ordinator Douglas Alexander.