The former Labour Prime Minister told the audience at King’s College London that during the 2019 general election voters “shut the door in our face”. Mr Blair also revealed his fear that voting Conservative would become “easier” for traditional Labour voters now that some voted Tory for the first time in the December election.
Mr Blair said: “Your conversation has got to be in the real world with people who have decided to reset you.
“I think the important thing for Labour to understand about this last election is that the country didn’t just decide not to elect us, it really shut the door in our face.”
He added: “The Tories will have five years of Government.
“They are going to try and establish a real political hegemony.
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Tony Blair was speaking at King’s College London
Blair revealed his fear that voting Conservative would become easy for Labour voters
“Our voters, once they voted Tory for the first time, that first time was tough for them.
“The second time might be easier for them.
“You have to watch that.
“That is why fundamental construction is what we need.”
Mr Blair also confirmed he supports Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his Brexit plans.
The former Prime Minister said: “On the Brexit side of things I am really willing to listen to both sides of the argument. I am willing to really listen to what people are saying about it.
“I think in a curious way Boris Johnson and I have the same position which is I don’t think you can ever unite the country over Brexit.
“You can unite them after Brexit.
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The 2019 general election result
“If we had stopped Brexit which I think we could have done if we had a serious Opposition.
“You would immediately then have to deal with all the problems that arose from Brexit.
“You would have had to take a whole series of measures to make sure you were pulling those people back towards having in a sense alienated them by not doing Brexit.
“I think what Boris Johnson is doing is wrapping it around the other way.
“He’s going to do Brexit and reach out to all these northern places and try and keep those Brexit people with them.”