Tony Blair last night accused John Major of "feeble" leadership and said the Tories were no longer fit to govern after Tory Euro- rebels rejected the Prime Minister's plea for party unity.
Staking Labour's claim to the centre ground of British politics, Mr Blair said: "Labour is back as the people's party, back in the mainstream, speaking up for the majority."
John Major will hit back today by attacking Labour's plans for constitutional change, including the Monarchy, the national assemblies for Wales and Scotland, and abolition of hereditary peers.
The Prime Minister's hopes of lifting his party's morale in the New Year were raised by a CBI survey saying the economy should enjoy steady growth and the number of jobless was expected to fall in the next two years. Mr Major's offer of tax cuts in the next Budget was also welcomed by Tory right wingers.
But his problems with the Tory rebels continued yesterday as the MPs expelled from the Conservative Party remained defiant. …