Labour ‘politically competitive’ again under Keir Starmer, says former leader

PUBLISHED: 13:08 24 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:08 24 July 2020

Keir Starmer with workers from the creative industry. Photograph: Twitter.

Keir Starmer with workers from the creative industry. Photograph: Twitter.

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Sir Keir Starmer has returned Labour to being a “politically competitive” party which is in a position to win a general election, Tony Blair believes.

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The former Labour leader and prime minister praised his successor’s performance in the three months since he won the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

“Keir is doing a good job - a very good job actually - and I think he has put Labour back on the map. He has made them competitive again,” Blair told the PA news agency.

“He will know and we all know that there’s a long way to go before a general election and many things to be done.

“But in these months since he has become the leader, he has I think completely changed the image certainly of the Labour leadership amongst the public and he deserves respect and admiration for that.”


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Asked if Sir Keir had made Labour a party that can win again, the former prime minister said: “He has put it in a position where it can.

“There are a whole set of questions around policy and so on that in time I’m sure and know he will come to.

“But has he made it politically competitive again which it hasn’t really been for quite a long period of time? Yes - and that is a huge step forward for the Labour Party.”

Labour has failed to win a general election since Blair left office in 2007, with Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn all failing to secure majorities.

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