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  1. Mr Blair was dealt a further blow when Lord Prescott, his straight-talking former deputy, offered him a few home truths.

    The loathed former premier claimed it would be a “disaster” for Labour if Mr Corbyn became the party leader, predicting it would lead to four consecutive election defeats.

    But Labour heavyweight “Prezza” suggested Mr Blair “should think about the reasons” why Labour lost four million votes during his decade in Downing Street.

    “Tony, on the doorstep, it was Iraq that stopped a lot of people voting for us,” he told the BBC.

    “If the party elects any one of these candidates, they have the authority to lead the party. I don’t think it would be a disaster.”

    Lord Prescott also launched a blistering counter-attack on Mr Blair’s suggestion that Corbyn supporters need to “get a heart transplant.”

    “I found that absolutely staggering,” he said. “To use that kind of language is just abuse. The Labour Party is about the heart as well as the head.”

    The Labour peer, who had urged MPs to ensure that Mr Corbyn got onto the ballot paper, also said he understood why support for the left candidate was surging.

    “I think they’re voting for one man who says he’s against austerity,” he said.

    Mr Corbyn’s popularity among Labour members was confirmed by a YouGov poll for the Times on Wednesday, which put him 17 points ahead of nearest rival Andy Burnham.

    He is also ahead of his rivals on nominations from constituency Labour parties.

    The latest figures show he has the support of 78 branches, compared to Mr Burnham on 73, Yvette Cooper on 64 and Liz Kendall on just 12.

    Ms Kendall is now under pressure to stand down and support Mr Burnham or Ms Cooper in a panicked bid to stop Mr Corbyn.

    The shadow health minister echoed Mr Blair’s misjudged attack on Mr Corbyn, saying for him to win would be a “disaster.”

    She added: “You never stop fighting for what you believe in. I will be fighting for what I believe in till the very end.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5c7d-Blair-Fear-Project-Backfires#.VbHgXfk8rOp

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  3. The Labour Party leadership contest turned into a tale of two lords a-leaping yesterday.

    Lord Prescott deplored Tony Blair’s sneer that anyone inclined by their heart to support Jeremy Corbyn should “get a transplant.” The former deputy prime minister pointed out that his ex-master’s war in Iraq — which they both supported — was a major reason why Labour lost the 2010 general election.

    He could have added that there were other reasons too: notably the policies which enriched the wealthy and big business and enabled the Lib Dems to pose as a party of peace and social justice.

    Lord Mandelson also leapt into the fray yesterday, blaming Ed Miliband for Labour’s failure to win this year’s election and leaving the party with a “terrible legacy.” Yet it was under the leadership of Blair, Mandelson, Prescott and Gordon Brown that Labour steadily lost five million votes between 1997 and 2010.

    Under Miliband and his slight shimmy leftwards, Labour actually increased its share of the poll on May 7 and gained three-quarters of a million votes.

    Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour would not only have the right policies for the people of Britain, but also ones that could inspire millions of voters to return to Labour — and enthuse many of the 15 million electors who didn’t vote at all on May 7.

    It speaks volumes about millionaire Tony Blair that he would rather Labour lose the 2020 election than win on such a left-wing manifesto.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2938-Lords-a-leap-into-Labour-leader-fracas#.VbJxIvk8rOo

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