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Tony Blair would still vote for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn

By Georgina Stubbs

Tony Blair has said he would tell people to vote for Labour even with Jeremy Corbyn at the party helm.

The former Prime Minister, who appeared on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, said he did not "disrespect" the Islington MP and his views.

Asked by Mr Marr if he thought it would be a terrible risk for Jeremy Corbyn to be elected, as he reportedly said this week, Mr Blair denied he was talking about the Labour leader.

He also said he was not being disloyal against Mr Corbyn and his attempts to come up with new policies that address some of the anger among voters.

Mr Blair said: "Let's wait and see what those policies are. I don't disrespect him as a person and his views at all."

On whether he could imagine himself telling people to vote Labour, the former PM said: "I will always tell people to vote Labour because I am Labour - it is just the way I am."

He added: "Personally, I would like to see the centre, by that I mean the centre-left and the centre-right, get its grip and its traction back on the political scene.

Ahead of the publication of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq war on July 6, Mr Marr asked Mr Blair if he was in favour of the UK going into war to confront Isis in Syria on the ground.

He said: "I am in favour of confronting Isis on the ground in Syria but we don't need to do it with our own boots on the ground."

On the issue of the EU referendum, Mr Blair called it the "most important decision we will have to make since World War Two".

Pressed on whether he would accept the findings of the Chilcot Report, Mr Blair said: "It is hard to say when I haven't seen it."

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