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Five Blarites Who Hate Ed Miliband's Leadership... And 5 Who Don't

28/01/2015 10:53 GMT | Updated 28/01/2015 10:59 GMT
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband (L), and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) speak before Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Westminster Hall to address both Houses of Parliament on March 20, 2012 in London, England. Following the address to party leaders, MP's, peers and dignitaries from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, a specially commissioned Diamond Jubilee stained glass window, a gift from the members of both Houses, was unveiled to mark the Queen's 60 year reign. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Two former Labour ministers have accused Ed Miliband of giving the Tories a "needless advantage" by not doing enough to defend the last Labour government's economic record.

John Hutton and Alan Milburn, former ministers under Tony Blair, aimed their broadside at the Labour leader in an article for the Financial Times, writing: “If Labour is to win in May, the two Eds need to set the record straight and reclaim ground foolishly bequeathed to their opponents.”

John Prescott, Blair's former deputy prime minister, responded to Milburn and Hutton on Twitter by describing them as "Tory collaborators”.

The spat underlines the divisions between Blair's former colleagues about whether to support Miliband's leadership, or not. Here are five Blairites who can't hide their scepticism, and five who have thrown their weight behind him.

Blairites Critics And Supporters Of Ed Miliband