Tony Blair pours cold water on Miliband election chances

Tony Blair has suggested Labour under Ed Miliband may risk being too left-wing to win the general election.

by the commentator on 31 December 2014 09:56

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Tony Blair has delivered a significant blow to Ed Miliband’s hopes to become Prime Minister next May by criticising Labour’s ‘leftwing’ stance and poor relationship with British businesses.

In an interview with The Economist, he is reported to have said, “I am still very much New Labour and Ed would not describe himself in that way, so there is obviously a difference there,” he added. “I am convinced the Labour Party succeeds best when it is in the centre ground.”

The former prime minister, the most electorally successful Labour leader in history, has until now rubbished reports that he does not believe Ed Miliband can win in May.

Whilst Ed Miliband maintains a small lead over David Cameron’s Conservative Party, Labour is polling well below the usual standard expected of the government in waiting. Ed Miliband’s personal poll ratings are also significantly behind David Cameron’s on the economy, expected to be a decisive issue at the next election. 

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