LONDON – Now that the rancorous U.S. election is over, there’s one place that President Barack Obama can count on the support of conservatives: Britain.

Official congratulations from the British government on Obama’s re-election received sustained applause in Parliament on Wednesday, with much of the enthusiasm emanating from the ruling Conservative Party.

That’s partly because Obama remains an admired figure in Europe, but also because British Prime Minister David Cameron has forged a warm relationship with the Democratic president.

The two leaders’ chumminess was evident in Cameron’s comments on Obama’s re-election Wednesday while on a tour of the Middle East.

“Congratulations to Barack,” Cameron said, dropping the first name of the world’s most powerful person with a casualness practically unimaginable from any other world leader.