Blair is backing his ‘natural heir’ Chuka Umunna as a future Labour leader and ‘admires’ his attacks on Ukip
- Ex-PM wants shadow business secretary to be next Labour leader
- Friends say the two men speak regularly to discuss the political scene
- Umunna is also in close contact with other New Labour grandees
- Today he renewed attack on ‘fundamental con’ of Ukip immigration policy
Tony Blair is backing Chuka Umunna to become the next Labour leader, it was claimed today.
The former prime minister is said to think the shadow business secretary is the ‘natural heir’ to his New Labour project.
It comes after he took an apparent swipe at Ed Miliband, complaining that too few of today’s party leaders have experience of life outside politics.
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Tony Blair is said to be backing Chuka Umunna as a Labour leader, believing he is the ‘natural heir’ to his own legacy
Many Labour MPs expect Mr Miliband to be ousted as leader if he fails to become Prime Minister in May next year. Several potential successors are already said to be jockeying for position.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and health spokesman Andy Burnham are seen as frontrunners.
But bookies have Mr Umunna at 6/1 to become the next Labour leader.
He has repeatedly insisted he is loyal to Mr Miliband, but is seen as certain to enter a leadership race in the future.
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