‘Ditch the wokeism’: Labour will not get back into power unless the party ’emphatically rejects’ woke ideals and pushes hard-Left factions ‘to the margins’, says Tony Blair 

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  • Former Prime Minister Tony Blair urges Labor to ‘strongly dismiss’
  • He urged Sir Keir Starmer to ‘marginalise’ hard-left factions of the party.
  • This comes after a report suggested Labor needed a bigger vote swing to win the election.

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Tony Blair has urged Labor to “strongly dismiss” the party’s radical-left factions of being pushed to the “margins” if it is to win power again.

The former prime minister urged Sir Keir Starmer to bring Labor back to middle ground.


He warned that after Labor’s 2019 election defeat under Jeremy Corbyn “for the far left … will never be electorally successful” – its worst performance since 1935.

His call comes in the prelude to a report which suggests Labor will need a large vote swing to win the next election, as seen during Mr Blair’s resounding victory in 1997.

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Mr Blair said the election picture for Labor in recent years has been tarnished by the fact that working class loyalty to the party has waned.

Campaigning from DeltaPole – which questioned more than 2,500 former Labor voters and more than 3,000 who remained loyal – found that more than 11 million who had previously voted for Labor did not do so in 2019, with 5.5 million remaining Turned to the Conservatives.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (pictured) urged Sir Keir Starmer to ‘strongly dismiss’ and continue to bring Labor back to middle ground.

Mr Blair argued that the party had a “culture problem with many working class voters” and a “credibility problem” with people at the center of the political spectrum.

Setting out a four-point plan for how Labor could get back into government, Mr Blair – who had been in Downing Street for a decade – said leader Sir Keir had to be ‘pushing the far-left to the margins of the party’. must continue’.

He also argued that the so-called ‘awakened’ ideas should be rejected.

“We must openly take a liberal, tolerant but general approach to ‘culture’ issues, and vehemently reject the ‘awareness’ of a small, though vocal, minority,” Blair said.

He added that any future policy agenda should focus on an ‘understanding of how the world is changing’, suggesting that the ‘technology revolution should be at its center’.

Mr Blair also pressed for encouraging the ‘best and brightest of the young generation’ to stand up as Labor candidates.

In what is likely to be read as a vote of confidence in the current leadership, Mr Blair, 68, predicted Labor could ‘do it again’ and return to power for the first time since 2010.

‘Its leadership is able to govern today and confidence is returning. The corner has turned,’ he said.

The comments come in a report commissioned by the Tony Blair Institute, which set out the findings of DeltaPole’s research.

Peter Kellner, in an executive summary of From Red Walls to Red Bridge: Rebuilding Labor’s Voter Coalition, said that the ‘size and urgency of the task’ facing Labor is ‘hard to overstate’.

His call comes in the prelude to a report which suggests that Sir Keir (pictured) will need a large vote swing to win the next election, as seen during Mr Blair's resounding victory in 1997.

His call comes in the prelude to a report which suggests that Sir Keir (pictured) will need a large vote swing to win the next election, as seen during Mr Blair’s resounding victory in 1997.

The former YouGov chairman said: ‘To win a majority in the next general election, Labor needs to get more than 120 seats.

‘This would require a 12 percent lead in the popular vote – and a swing for Labor compared to 1997. The party has barely started climbing the mountain it will have to conquer.

While recent polls have shown Tory lead when Labor is contracting or reversing, Mr Kellner suggested they are not yet in a strong enough position to surpass Boris Johnson’s working majority of nearly 80.

“No successful opposition has been as far from a winning position in the mid-term as the Labor Party is today,” Kellner said.

The research found that Labor had failed to adapt to the disadvantages of its historic, main voter base – manual workers in heavy industry, belonging to a trade union and living in a council house.

The report noted that education has become a dividing line in terms of party support, with Labor performing best among students and graduates under 30, and most among non-graduates over 50. is out of order.

Mr Kellner suggested Labor needed a two-part strategy to win back the ‘Red Wall’ seats it has lost in its traditional hearts – and retain them.

“The first is a national campaign to gain the support of older voters without university degrees,” the former journalist said.

‘This will yield the biggest dividends in places with the highest concentration of such voters, such as Red Wall towns.

‘Second, future Labor governments need to ensure that these same cities attract graduates and young families who have increasingly congregated in metropolitan cities.’

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