Tony Blair: I'm backing Ed Miliband and Labour
Tony Blair has insisted he backs Ed Miliband and expects a Labour victory in May's general election, despite having appeared to cast doubt on the party's chances of success.
The former prime minister claimed comments in which he suggested a party fighting on a "traditional left-wing" platform would lose to the Tories had been "misinterpreted".
Mr Blair said: "I fully support Ed and my party and expect a Labour victory in the election."
Interviewed by the Economist, Mr Blair said the election could be one "in which a traditional left-wing party competes with a traditional right-wing party, with the traditional result". Asked if he meant a Tory win, Mr Blair replied: "Yes, that is what happens."