27/05/2014 10:55 BST | Updated 27/05/2014 10:59 BST

9 Reasons Lefties Should Love Tony Blair

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Tony Blair, former U.K. prime minister, speaks during an event at Bloomberg LP's offices in London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Blair told an audience in London today that governments must overcome their resistance to talking about religion to tackle conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and engage in 'the essential battle' for global security. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tony Blair's warned on Tuesday that the Labour Party must not become more eurosceptic or more anti-immigration in response to the threat from Ukip. The former prime minister told the BBC that to do so would "confuse its own supporters" and would not draw any greater support.

Since leaving office in 2007, Blair has lost a lot of the support he once had within Labour ranks. But his intervention has reminded people that he was actually a Labour prime minister, not a Conservative one. So with that in mind, here are nine reasons why some people on the left might want to reconsider their loathing for Blair.

9 Reasons To Like Tony Blair

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