Diane Abbott: Nobody In Labour Remembers Supporting Tony Blair
In a rather shocking claim, Diane Abbott has said that “no one” in Labour can even remember supporting Tony Blair, despite the fact that he was Prime Minister for over a decade.
Speaking to Prospect, the Labour MP for Hackney said that Mr Blair briefing against Corbyn have him a surge in support during the leadership election.
Mrs Abbott complained that under Blair’s leadership, “you couldn’t talk about inequality in official Labour Party documents because the feeling was that veered towards a dangerous taint with socialism.”
“Even Blairites don’t call themselves Blairites. It’s one of those things—no one can now remember that they supported Tony Blair.”
“During the leadership election, every time he went on television slagging off Jeremy we were all going ‘yes please, do it some more!’
Mr Corbyn, who has won two Leadership elections of Labour – both by string margins, owes these victories in part to me Blair, Abbott days.
She continued: “There was a spike in our support when Blair said, ‘on no account can you vote for this man.’”
Ms Abbott added: “The last time the party was really led by the left you’re talking about Clement Attlee.”