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Tony Blair: I think Corbyn could be PM

Tony Blair: I think Corbyn could be PM
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July 16
13:092017

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Media captionTony Blair told Newsnight's Ian Katz it was "possible" that Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister
Tony Blair says he now accepts Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister.The ex-PM told BBC Newsnight that a year ago he would have said it was impossible for the left-wing Labour leader to win.But he added: "There's been so many political upsets, it's possible Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister and Labour could win on that programme."Mr Blair, a consistent critic of Mr Corbyn, said he had not changed his mind on the "wisdom" of electing him.Having defied predictions of a heavy defeat at last month's general election - and stripped the Conservatives of their majority - Mr Corbyn now describes his party as a "government-in-waiting".Many of his critics have since admitted they underestimated him.Speaking to Newsnight, Mr Blair said he still believed "it's a surer route to power to fight from the centre" and that it would be damaging for the country if Mr Corbyn became prime minister and imposed "an unreconstructed far Left programme".


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Media captionJeremy Corbyn: "I hope he (Tony Blair) has looked very carefully at our manifesto"
But on Mr Corbyn's chances of reaching Downing Street, he said nothing could be ruled out.

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