General election: 'Labour voters will avoid voting for the party if they think it might win', says former Tony Blair advisor

General election: 'Labour voters will avoid voting for the party if they think it might win', says former Tony Blair advisor

Len McCluskey says he is full of optimism about Labour (Stock image)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Labour voters won't vote for the party if they think it might win the general election, according to a former advisor to Tony Blair.

He made the comments after Unite Union leader Len McCluskey said he is now full of optimism about Labour’s chances in the general election, despite previously saying Labour would be lucky to get just 200 seats.

Matthew Doyle told Sam Delaney the problem with his comments is that he is telling the truth, as the election isn't about who will be Prime Minister as it will most likely be Theresa May.

He believes Labour candidate's only hope at being elected is to appeal to voters at constituency level, but making clear the party as a whole won't win the election, convincing them that Theresa May will stay in power.

Doyle added that voters usually vote based on three pillars of security which are economics, law and order and defence. Whilst they may like other proposals, it won't be the deciding influence on who to vote for.

Listen to the full interview above

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