Thursday 30 June 2022 11:39 AM Tony Blair urges Keir Starmer to spell out Labour policies... or face losing ... trends now
Sir Tony Blair today stepped up his demands for Sir Keir Starmer to spell out Labour's policies - or face losing the next election - as the ex-prime minister gathered leading Remainers for an 'ideas conference'.
The former premier is hosting a 'Future of Britain' conference in central London, with Sir Tony warning the UK is currently facing problems 'every bit as serious' as the post-War period.
Top billing at the conference has been reserved for Sir Tony himself - who is due to deliver a keynote address later this afternoon.
Other figures to have been invited include ex-Tory Cabinet ministers Rory Stewart and David Gauke, as well as Conservative peer Baroness Ruth Davidson and Labour MP Peter Kyle - a member of Sir Keir's shadow cabinet.
The event was expected to attract various attendees from the 'centre' or 'soft-Left' of British politics.
Sir Tony even suggested French President Emmanuel Macron had also been due to appear, if he had not had to attend this week's Nato summit in Spain.
The former Labour leader has previously been rumoured to have been planning the creation of a new political movement in Britain modelled on Mr Macron's 'En Marche!' group.
Sir Tony claimed that, if Sir Keir's predecessor Jeremy Corbyn had remained as Labour leader - or a similar figure from Labour's left had replaced him - then 'British politics would have had to broken up in some way'.
The ex-PM dismissed suggestions he was still planning to create a new UK political party, as he insisted Labour had 'recovered its basic poise and clarity' under Sir Keir's leadership.
But Sir Tony did not back away from his recent criticism that Sir Keir was 'struggling to break through with the public', as called on Labour to set out its policy agenda.
He also appeared to suggest Sir Keir should adopt those New Labour-style ideas that were due to be discussed at his conference.
Sir Tony Blair is hosting a 'Future of Britain' conference in central London, with the former PM warning the UK is currently facing problems 'every bit as serious' as the post-War period
Sir Tony insisted Labour had 'recovered its basic poise and clarity' under Sir Keir Starmer's leadership. But the ex-PM stepped up pressure on the Labour leader to set out