Labour will ‘haemorrhage’ votes, according to Keir Starmer, who warned against ‘embracing Blair’s legacy.’
If the Labour Party follows through on promises to re-adopt Blairism, KIER STARMER has been warned that the party will ‘haemorrhage’ votes at the next election.
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s leader, has been warned against embracing former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s legacy. The opposition leader told the Financial Times this week that he wants Labour activists to feel proud of the party’s achievements under the Blair administration. However, as Sir Keir tries to chart a course for his party ahead of the next election, broadcaster Maajid Nawaz has warned that this will result in Labour losing ethnic minority supporters.
“You want to prevent a Batley and Spen and the tight victory you just had there,” LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz cautioned, warning that adopting Mr Blair will see Labour’s vote share narrow in areas with substantial Muslim communities, as happened in the Batley and Spen by-election.
“Which, Mr Starmer, I hope were lessons learned.
“However, you don’t want to lose votes from Muslim and ethnic minority communities that are concerned about civil liberties.
“Yet you’re championing the same man who utilized the war on terror…to limit our civil liberties,” he added.
“Against Jeremy Corbyn, I stood behind worried Labour Party members and the Jewish community.
“I implore you now not to betray us and sell us down this road where civil liberties can be snatched away in the name of emergencies,” he said. It comes after Shadow Lord Chancellor David Lammy caused a fierce outcry on LBC by saying that Labour should embrace Mr Blair’s legacy.
“[Blair] established a government on three occasions, investing in public services, our schools being hoisted up after many, many years, a languishing health service being renewed, waiting times being reduced, peace in Northern Ireland, the minimum wage, the list goes on,” Mr Lammy said.
“Of course, there are contentious situations, such as in Iraq, and I’m not going to argue with that.
“The truth is, and this is something I’ve said before, we won’t be able to form a government if we continue to air our dirty laundry in public.
We need to draw them in from the outside, and we need to recognize members of the party of all political stripes.
“That has been a feature of Labour’s past success, and we have.”Brinkwire Summary News”.