David Blunkett says Labour has “little chance” of election victory

Credit Policy Exchange

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett believes the chances of Labour winning the General Election are “extraordinarily slim”.

Lord Blunkett, a Labour MP for 28 years, added that the “anti-Semitism and thuggery” in the party makes him “despair”.

The peer’s comments end a bruising week for Labour after former MPs urged people to vote for the Conservatives.

They said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was “not fit to govern”.

Lord Blunkett, 72, said: “The behaviour of the hard-Left within the Labour Party – the anti-Semitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues, and the lack of realisation that you have to embrace a big tent of people in order to win – certainly makes me despair.

“But it also makes the likelihood of an all-out Labour majority in this general election extraordinarily slim.

“The political landscape right now is completely different to what the hard-Left would have you believe.

“We are in a 1983 situation here, not a 2017 one – with not only the Lib Dems and the Greens, but the Brexit Party, the Tories and the SNP all seriously vying for traditional Labour votes.”




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