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Moderates must retake UK opposition: Blair

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Published on December 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:44s

Moderates must retake UK opposition: Blair

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the opposition Labour Party's most successful election winner, on Wednesday urged moderates to grab back control from leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose brand of "quasi-revolutionary socialism" had failed.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Moderates must retake UK opposition: Blair

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had some harsh words for his own Labour Party on Wednesday (December 18): your brand of - quote - "quasi-revolutionary socialism" has failed - and its time to change, or face the dustbin of history.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, TONY BLAIR, SAYING: "The takeover of the Labour Party by the far left turned it into a glorified protest movement with cult trimmings utterly incapable of being a credible government.

The result has brought shame on us.

We let our country down.

To go into an election at any time with such a divergence between party and people is unacceptable.

To do it at a time of national crisis, when a credible opposition is so essential to the national interest, is unforgivable... The choice for Labour is to renew itself as the serious progressive, non-conservative competitor for power in British politics or retreat from such an ambition, in which case it will be replaced." Blair was the party's most successful election winner - a stark contrast to the UK's most recent vote, where Labour and its current leader Jeremy Corbyn witnessed the fall of its so-called 'red wall," its historic heartland of faithful voters - and its worst defeat since 1935.

Outgoing leader Corbyn has now called for a period of reflection, though a battle is now underway for control of the party with his hard-left loyalists unwilling to let go.

Blair also blames Corbyn's complicated and murky stance on Brexit for Labour's failure, saying the party's - quote - "almost comic indecision" alienated both Leave and Remain voters.

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