Keir Starmer latest: Tony Blair warns Labour to avoid vulnerability on ‘wokeism’

Former British prime minister Tony Blair gestures as he speaks during a press conference with Kosovo President following their meeting in Pristina on June 10, 2024. KFOR deployed into Kosovo on June 12, 1999, in the wake of a 78-day air campaign. This air campaign was launched by NATO in March 1999 to halt and reverse the humanitarian catastrophe that was then unfolding. Blair is considered as one of the most prominent lobbyist for the campaign. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)Former British prime minister Tony Blair gestures as he speaks during a press conference with Kosovo President following their meeting in Pristina on June 10, 2024. KFOR deployed into Kosovo on June 12, 1999, in the wake of a 78-day air campaign. This air campaign was launched by NATO in March 1999 to halt and reverse the humanitarian catastrophe that was then unfolding. Blair is considered as one of the most prominent lobbyist for the campaign. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Tony Blair said the Labour government must ‘avoid any vulnerability on ‘wokeism’. (Getty)

Sir Tony Blair has urged Sir Keir Starmer to introduce digital identity cards and “avoid any vulnerability on wokeism”.

In an early intervention little more than 24 hours after the prime minister entered Downing Street, his predecessor has publicly offered advice on how to approach his time in office.

Blair, whose attempt to roll out ID cards while in power was killed off by the following coalition government, called for a new digital system to help with border control.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he said: “Reform has pillaged the Tory vote in this election, true. But it poses a challenge for Labour too.

“We need a plan to control immigration. If we don’t have rules, we get prejudices. In office, I believed the best solution was a system of identity, so that we know precisely who has a right to be here. With, again, technology, we should move as the world is moving to digital ID. If not, new border controls will have to be highly effective.

“We need a tough new approach to law and order. At present, criminal elements are modernising faster than law enforcement.

“And the government should avoid any vulnerability on “wokeism”.

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