TIME U.K.

Obama Political Guru Helping Britain’s Labour Party

Former White House advisor David Axelrod walks into the West Wing of the White House on Nov. 15, 2013 in Washington.
Former White House advisor David Axelrod walks into the West Wing of the White House on Nov. 15, 2013 in Washington. Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images

David Axelrod will serve as the party's "senior strategic advisor" to help get opposition leader Ed Miliband elected Prime Minister in 2015, but it won't be easy: Prime Minister David Cameron already hired Obama's former campaign manager for his own bid

The political strategist behind President Barack Obama’s White House victories is taking his talents across the pond to help Britain’s Labour Party.

David Axelrod will spend the next several months serving as the party’s “senior strategic advisor,” in an effort to get British opposition leader Ed Miliband elected as prime minister in May 2015. In a statement Friday, Axelrod said he had been impressed by Miliband’s ideas and says he has solid vision for the country’s future.

“Barack Obama articulated a vision which had, at its core, the experience of everyday people,” Axelrod said. “And everyday people responded, they organised and they overcame the odds. I see the same thing happening in Britain.”

Axelrod’s work in Britain won’t be a cakewalk. Prime Minister David Cameron hired Australian political guru Lynton Crosby and President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager Jim Messina to help advise during his 2015 campaign.

Your browser, Internet Explorer 8 or below, is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites.

Learn how to update your browser