Blair to return to British politics for election: report

2010-01-27 10:38

Former prime minister Tony Blair is to make his first return to

British politics since stepping down to campaign for the ruling Labour party in

an upcoming general election, a newspaper reported today.

“We want all the party’s leadership – past and present – to be

contributing to our electoral success,” his close ally Business Minister Peter

Mandelson told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

“They know as well as everyone what is at stake for the country.

Blair has kept out of the country’s politics since quitting as head of

government in 2007 but will return in a bid to help Labour salvage victory in an

election expected in May, which the party looks likely to lose.

“Everyone will get stuck in,” said Mandelson, adding Blair would be

one of a number of Labour veterans returning for the campaign.

The news came ahead of Blair’s appearance at a public inquiry into

the Iraq war on Friday.

Mandelson said he would not bet on a Labour win at the looming poll

– but insisted it was “not too late” for the party to gain back ground.

Labour is trailing the main opposition Conservatives by a wide

margin in polls.

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