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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 October, 2004, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Saatchi predicting Tory poll win
Lord Saatchi
Lord Saatchi says Labour's position is "irrecoverable"
Labour will not win the General Election with Tony Blair at the helm, Tory co-chairman Lord Saatchi has said.

Disillusionment with the prime minister was such that the government's position was "irrecoverable", the advertising guru told BBC Radio 4's Today.

The Tories' own polling showed they were ahead of Labour in 103 of their 130 target seats, Lord Saatchi said.

This would be enough for the Tories to force Mr Blair from Number 10 and for Labour to lose power, he predicted.

"If Tony Blair is still prime minister, I can't see any way in which Labour can win the General Election," he told Today.

"According to our own figures, we already will win enough of our target seats for Labour to lose power.

"That's why I say I can't see how they can win because the position they have got themselves into in terms of disillusionment - he in particular - is irrecoverable."

Lord Saatchi derided Mr Blair as a "messianic man with stars in his eyes looking into the distance."

He also said the electorate had fallen out of love with Mr Blair like a woman who had fallen out of love with her unfaithful husband.

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