Lord Adonis calls for return of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
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Labour has been plunged into chaos after suffering a humiliating defeat in the Hartlepool by-election earlier this month. It was a crushing blow for the party and leader Sir Keir Starmer, with Labour’s once untouchable Red Wall now crumbling at an alarming rate. Sir Keir is now under massive pressure in the lead-up to the Batley and Spen by-election, a seat in West Yorkshire considered to be another major pillar in Labour’s disintegrating Red Wall.
Now Lord Adonis, who served in a senior ministerial position when Mr Blair was Prime Minister, has once again called for him to be re-elected.
The Labour peer retweeted an article written for The Independent entitled “Could Tony Blair actually get re-elected again?”
This was followed by the intro: “Are we nostalgic for New Labour? Never were public services so good as under Blair – his return is improbable, but not now unthinkable, writes Jon Davis.”
Lord Adonis simply wrote alongside his retweeted post: “Yes.”
But the Blairite has once again been torn apart over his relentless calls for Mr Blair to return and save the Labour Party.
One person responded on Twitter: “Please give this idea up Andrew Adonis.
“It cannot and will not happen and your relentless tweeting on it is helping no one while highlighting a major blind spot in your thinking and undermining all the great work you do elsewhere.”
Another Twitter user raged: “Lord Adonis – don’t you ever shut up about Blair? Is he paying you?”
Several other people demanded Lord Adonis forget about the past and try and focus more on the future.
One wrote: “You can’t step into the same river twice.”
Another commented: “Blair won in 2005. Last time I checked that isn’t the mid-90s.”
Earlier in the day, Lord Adonis had launched another blistering attack against Labour, accusing some members of “being in denial” about the scale of the party’s defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.
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He again called for a change in leadership if the party is once again to be electable by the next general election in 2023.
He tweeted: “I am struck that most of my moderate Labour colleagues in Parliament are in denial about the scale of Labour defeat on 6 May and the scale of the change in leadership and policy needed to give Labour the slightest chance of winning the next election.”
Last week, Lord Adonis was savagely destroyed over yet another call for to propel Tony Blair back into frontline politics, with one opponent hitting back saying, “it is never time for Blair”.
He again took to Twitter to warn Sir Keir is “struggling to break through with the public” despite being “intelligent, capable, moderate-minded”.
In a series of tweets, Lord Adonis said “time for Blair” and “bring back Blair” as he sought to get others on board.
But the latest relentless calls spectacularly backfired, with one writing: “Blair would mean another 20 years for Johnson.
“It’s a sad day when Blair is your best alternative to Starmer.”
Another person responded to the peer’s call by simply saying: “It’s never time for Blair.”
Several others destroyed Lord Adonis’ bid by attacking Mr Blair’s record as prime minister.
One woman said he had proven himself to be “too much of a Tory” and ended up being “Margaret Thatcher’s favourite achievement”.
And another critic slammed the pro-Blair campaign, saying, “the damage he’s caused to this country will take years to recover from – he infected everything from education to infrastructure and institutions”.
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