UK: Tony Blair warns Labour Party of 'annihilation' if left-winger Corbyn is elected leader

UK: Tony Blair warns Labour Party of 'annihilation' if left-winger Corbyn is elected leader
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Tony Blair has warned that Britain’s opposition Labour Party risks “annihilation” if, as expected, it elects hard-left veteran Jeremy Corbyn as its

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Tony Blair has warned that Britain’s opposition Labour Party risks “annihilation” if, as expected, it elects hard-left veteran Jeremy Corbyn as its leader.

Writing In today’s Guardian newspaper, the former Labour prime minister couldn’t be more graphic, declaring: “The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below.”

It is Blair’s second intervention in a leadership race that has sent shockwaves through centre-left Labour since its crushing election defeat in May.

Keen to return the party to its socialist roots, Corbyn, 66, was initially viewed as an outsider but he has surged into a commanding lead in the contest.

Labour faces 'annihilation' under #Corbyn, #Blair warns http://t.co/lpVIJD5lx9pic.twitter.com/h2MnJo8Won

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) August 13, 2015

Labour has rejected claims that the vote is being skewed by supporters of other parties registering to take part in order to vote for Corbyn, who looks set for a landslide win according to the polls.

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