Former Sheffield MP David Blunkett latest veteran to counsel against Jeremy Corbyn as leader

The Right Honourable David Blunkett in Sheffield ahead of the General Election'Picture by Dean Atkins
The Right Honourable David Blunkett in Sheffield ahead of the General Election'Picture by Dean Atkins
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Former Sheffield MP David Blunkett has become the latest high profile Labour member to warn against electing Jeremy Corbyn as the party’s new leader.

Former leader, and Doncaster MP, Ed Miliband stood down in the wake of the general election victory by the Conservatives.

Left wing Jeremy Corbyn is the surprise front runner to succeed him as leader but Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Lord Kinnock have counselled against it.

Former Home Secretary Mr Blunkett, who stood down as an MP this year, said he had been a Labour member for more than 52 years, 30 of them in opposition, and warned filling halls with activists did not necessarily translate to winning elections.

He said: “I want someone who can be radical, have a very clear vision of where Britain will be in five years’ time and above all actually do something about winning.

“What’s on my heart is what happened to us in the early 1980s when, yes it was invigorating, it was exhilarating. I was leader of Sheffield Council, I was a member of the national executive committee of the Labour Party. We filled halls, we filled Trafalgar Square and we were hammered in the 1983 election, and again in 87 and again in 92.”

Mr Blunkett said he supported leadership contender Andy Burnham as well as Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, as deputy leader.