Tony Blair: Labour “too left-wing” to win General Election

Tony Blair has said the Labour Party will not win the 2015 General Election if it’s “too left-wing”.

In an interview with the Economist, the former Labour prime minister said the election could be one “in which a traditional left-wing party competes with a traditional right-wing party, with the traditional result” – that result being a Conservative win.

Blair argued that Labour could only win as a “centrist” party and that, if anything, following the financial crisis, British voters have become more right-wing than previously.

In unusually forthright comments for a former prime minister, he insinuated he did not see eye-to-eye with current Labour leader Ed Miliband.

“I am still very much New Labour and Ed would not describe himself in that way, so there is obviously a difference there,” Blair said.

“I am convinced the Labour Party succeeds best when it is in the centre ground”.

Tory-Labour coalition?

Meanwhile, the Financial Times has predicted that 2015 will see the formation of a Conservative-Labour coalition.

While this situation, known as a National Government, wouldn’t be unheard of – it happened in the 1930s – cannot see it happening, no matter how desperate the parties are for power.

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