Alastair Campbell brutally dismantles Labour’s election plans – ‘Can’t just repeat that!’

Labour election track record slammed by Alastair Campbell

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Labour’s former Director of Communications blasted the party’s electoral record as he clashed with MP Nadia Whittome on BBC’s Politics Live. Mr Campbell insisted that Labour had to learn a lesson as he listed the defeats the party suffered on either side of those election victories secured under Tony Blair. He criticised Ms Whittome for wanting to push Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer to adopt a more left-wing position and insisted the party could not just look to repeat their 2019 election offering.

Mr Campbell said: “I think that the Labour Party sometimes, we talk about learning lessons of the past.

“I just think it is really important the Labour Party understand if you look at the last eleven elections.

“It goes: it goes: Lost, lost, lost, lost, Blair, Blair, Blair, lost, lost, lost, lost.

“Now that means you have got to have a pretty fundamental rethink.”

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Turning to Ms Whittome, Mr Campbell said: “I am sorry Nadia you can’t just say let’s go fight the battle we fought at the last election. Because you lost it.”

It comes as Labour’s trade union backer Len McCluskey launched a scathing undressing of Keir Starmer’s leadership on LBC with Tom Swarbrick.

The Unite The Union boss labelled Sir Keir as “disingenuous” as he added that his personal relationship with the leader has collapsed.

Mr McCluskey went on to say Sir Keir is turning Labour into a party of “the establishment” and would not secure an overall majority but could still achieve a hung Parliament by shifting the party back on to a “radical platform”.

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Addressing the current leadership, the union boss said: “The fact of the matter is my personal relationship with Keir has broken down after what he did on the Jeremy Corbyn situation.

“He knows that there was an agreement arrived at, he’s been disingenuous, his senior staff who are saying that ‘no there was no agreement’, are liars.”

Despite his remarks, Mr McCluskey insisted his union Unite “still want Keir to be the next prime minister.”


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At the last general election in 2019 Labour experienced their worst election defeat since 1935.

Sir Keir’s net favorability has plummeted three points from February to as low as minus seven percent. In contrast, Prime Minister Mr Johnson has seen his favourability rating rise by three points from last month to plus three percent.

A poll from Savanta ComRes, which interviewed 2,092 UK adults aged 18+ online from March 12-14, found 27 percent of respondents saying they dislike both Sir Keir and his policies – five points higher than the first results of the Political Tracker last May.

Over a quarter (27 percent) said they disliked both the Labour Party and its leader, which was level with the rating from February but an increase of four points since the tracking began last May.

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