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Obama stops off in London on the way home

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US presidential candidate Barack Obama is in London for talks with the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Middle East envoy Tony Blair.

Public support for Obama throughout Europe on this pre-election tour has been uniformly warm, as European leaders have tried to get the measure of the phenomenon who causes a stir wherever he goes.

He has been criticised for having more style than substance. On the subject of Iran he has been accused of being naive for saying he would initiate talks. With French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Obama was keen to mark European negotiation efforts.

“I do want to make this point: Iran should accept the proposals that President Sarkozy and the EU three plus three are presenting now,” said Obama. “Don’t wait for the next president, because I think the pressure is only going to build.”

President Sarkozy did not attempt to hide his favourable view of the Obama candidacy: “I admire the capacity of the American democracy, capable of proposing a new leader, with new energy, with a new force and a new story.”

But the November election is expected to be fought on domestic issues. European electioneering is unlikely to have much bearing on the result.