LONDON (Reuters) - Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said on Wednesday former Prime Minister Tony Blair would join the Labour Party’s campaign for an election that must be called by June.
Opinion polls show the Conservatives are favourites to win the election, which would end Labour’s 13 years in office.
“We want all the party’s leadership, past and present, to be contributing,” Mandelson told the Daily Mirror newspaper in an interview.
“Everyone will campaign: Tony Blair, (Deputy Prime Minister) John Prescott, (former Home Secretary) David Blunkett.”
Mandelson, who has backed Prime Minister Gordon Brown to lead Labour into the election despite some dissent in the party’s ranks, was speaking after GDP data showed Britain scraped out of recession in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Reporting by Victoria Bryan