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Tony Blair: Labour must avoid 'cul-de-sac' of identity politics

Ex-PM says next leader cannot win on issue against Tories and should focus on electability

Tony Blair has warned the next Labour leader against becoming trapped in a “cul-de-sac of identity politics” over issues such as transgender rights, as he used an event in London to reiterate his belief that the party must focus on making itself electable again.

The former prime minister, who also raised the idea of a possible alliance with the Liberal Democrats as a way to regain power, said the Conservatives would emerge victorious from any battles over contentious cultural issues.

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