Tony Blair Eyes Return to Frontline UK Politics

Blair confirmed that whilst he has no intentions of standing for Parliament, however he intends to play an active role in the campaign © Sky News Blair confirmed that whilst he has no intentions of standing for Parliament, however he intends to play an active role in the campaign

Former British Prime Minister, and former Labour Party leader, Tony Blair has hinted at a return to frontline British politics.

In an interview with Sky News' Editor at Large Adam Boulton, the former leader, who swept to power in a landslide election victory 20 years ago, said he wanted "to be part of the debate".

As part of the interview, Blair intimated that he was worried that the traditional Labour centre-groud was being pushed out by the left and the right of the party.

Speaking candidly to Boulton, Blair discussed the biggest blight on his premiership, the Iraq War. Whilst admitting that the war was a polarising issue, not only within his New Labour movement, but that is was a devisive issue throughout the country.

Speaking about defections from his own party as a result of the war, Blair told Boulton; "Some people left the Labour Party, that's absolutely true but I don't think it was the reason why we ended up deciding that New Labour was wrong.

"I think actually the reasons are far more to do with domestic politics and to do with the politics inside the Labour Party.

"Personally I think that if we'd left him (Saddam Hussein) in power, he would have turned out like (Syrian president Bashar al) Assad, or the leader in North Korea.

"I think he would have ended up as a significant threat to the world, but you can never go back and take a different decision and see how it would have turned out."

Meanwhile, discussing the current Election 2017 campaign, Blair confirmed that whilst he has no intentions of standing for Parliament, he intends to play an active role in the campaign, even moving so far as to shut all his profit-making businesses to remain within the UK's Electoral Commission rules.

Blair said to Sky News; "I've shut the business side and transferred all the money to the non-for-profit, which was always my intention by the way, and we're creating this institute which as well as the work that I do in Africa, the Middle East is about co-existence between people of different faiths, it'll focus particular on what are the policy solutions for today's world.

"I think the problem for politics is the centre-ground being squeezed out of politics, in this country particularly, is a really bad thing for British politics, because the truth is the 21st century is not about the old ideologies of left and right, it's about values that sure are about opportunities for all and about social justice, but realise that in a world whose chief characteristic is change."

The United Kingdom goes to the polls in Election 2017 on Thursday 8th June 2017.