'Old pal' Blair tries to boost Brown's election victory chances

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London, Mar 31 (ANI): British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is struggling in Exit Polls ahead of the elections, has called up his old "pal" to boost his fading chances at the hustings.

The move is being seen as a bizarre and desperate gamble aimed at winning the next election for Labour.

Former premier Tony Blair who made a comeback speech in his former constituency of Sedgefield, praised Brown and launched an attack on the confused Conservative Party.

"Think of all the phrases you associate with their leadership and the phrase 'you know where you are with them' is about the last description you would think of," the Daily Star quoted Blair, as saying.

Blair's return to the political fray was however met with derision. Tory party chairman Eric Pickles said: "This may have been the usual slick performance but it told us nothing about what Labour has to offer. He and Gordon Brown have presided over 13 years of debt, waste and taxes on working people."

Tory leader David Cameron said he was "not at all" worried about Blair's contribution to the campaign. He joked: "It is nice to see him making a speech that no-one is paying for."

Cameron was apparently making a reference to the fortune Blair has made from lecture tours in the US. He is said to charge a six-figure sum for a single speech.

Stop the War Coalition officer Andrew Burgin said Labour made an "enormous mistake" by bringing Blair into their election campaign. (ANI)

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