This must be some sick joke ” Alan Milburn: Labour must realise Tony Blair was great like Margaret Thatcher”

Well I have heard it all now !

Labour must accept that Tony Blair was “great” like Margaret Thatcher and learn lessons from his success or it will never be in power again, Alan Milburn has said he endorsed Liz Kendall for the leadership.

The former health secretary said the party “could not have got it more wrong” at the last election as Ed Miliband “unilaterally sought to bring the shutters down on New Labour”.

In a major intervention over the future of the party, Mr Milburn said Labour must snap out of its “self-delusion” and realise that voters no longer know what the party stands for.

And while saying there can be “no return” to New Labour, the former frontbencher outlined five lessons from Mr Blair’s success that must be adopted by whoever wins the party leadership.

The speech is the latest from a Labour grandee chastising the party for its electoral defeat last month – when it recorded its worst result since 1987 – and urging reform.

However it is Mr Milburn’s calls for a rehabilitation of Mr Blair, whose legacy over Iraq has divided newer MPs and the public, and his political strategies that will raise eyebrows.