The Staggers 28 September 2016 Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state The Prince of Darkness is not happy. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Peter Mandelson prays every morning for an early general election to deal the "awful" situation in the Labour party, he has revealed. When asked about the likelihood of a snap election, the Labour grandee told an audience at the Royal Television Society "bring it on". According to The Guardian, he added: "I get up every day and pray that will be the case." Mandelson also criticised politicians of all parties for "running scared" of freedom of movement to the point they could sacrifice the economy. The former European trade commissioner said Brexit would be "the most complex policy exercise mounted in peace time". Known as "The Prince of Darkness" for his mastery of political spin, Mandelson was an architect of New Labour and has long been a Europhile. In August, he accused the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of sabotaging the attempt to stay in the EU. › Making life multi-planetary: Elon Musk outlines his vision to take humans to Mars Julia Rampen is the digital night editor at the Liverpool Echo, and the former digital news editor of the New Statesman. She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!