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What Labour should say about Blair

Candidates for the leadership need to distinguish between his early, election-winning appeal, and his later missteps

By Peter Kellner  

Blair: he built Labour's last victories, they can't forget that. © Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tony Blair won three general elections—but his ghost could lose the party the next one. A survey this week found that voters regard Blair as the best Labour leader of recent times. Past YouGov research has found the same.

Within the party, however, the very word “Blair” has become toxic. For this reason, none of the candidates for Labour’s…

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