Gordon Brown: Labour can only deliver principles in power

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has said Labour can only deliver on its principles in power as he made a high-profile intervention in the leadership contest with a keynote speech.

Mr Brown said he did not aim to attack any of the candidates in a speech that set out to clearly distance himself from support for frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn.

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Brown warns Labour on choice of next leader

Gordon Brown has warned the Labour party to choose its next leader carefully.

Brown did not mention Jeremy Corbyn by name in his intervention on Sunday, but it was clear the former prime minister was warning against voting Corbyn in as the party's next leader.

ITV News's political correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

'Listen to Brown' says former Labour media guru

Lance Price, the former director of communications for the Labour party, has told ITV News he hopes those voting in the party's leadership election will listen to Gordon Brown.

Mr Price said he believed the former prime minister was able to "reach parts of the party" that others, like Tony Blair, could not.


Brown rallies Labour away from being a party of protest

Gordon Brown has called for Labour to remain a party of power and not protest in order to "make a difference in people's lives".

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Brown: We can deliver Labour principles only in power

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has said Labour can only deliver on its principles in power.

"Leaders come and leaders go, I know that," Mr Brown said at London's Southbank Centre as he began his speech with a call for the party to continue its "mission" to "advance social justice".

Gordon Brown's speech is his first intervention in the Labour leadership contest.

"We can only measure the progress we make by the difference we make in people's lives," he added.

"It is not an abandonment of principles to seek power and to use that power in government. It is the realisation of principles."


Labour feuds let PM 'off hook' says new Scottish leader

Kezia Dugdale says Labour's petty infighting means no effective opposition over the summer. Credit: PA

The newly elected Scottish Labour leader has said the long and increasingly petty campaign to replace Ed Miliband is letting David Cameron off the hook.

Kezia Dugdale, who was elected yesterday, said she was concerned that the party leadership contest south of the border would hinder its ability to be an effective opposition in the meantime.

The thing that bothers me about that is not so much the petty exchanges, but the fact that David Cameron is getting off the hook all through the summer.

I think he's having three summer holidays, and he can do so in the blissful knowledge that the Labour Party will continue to talk about its own future rather than scrutinise his government's record and what they plan to do in the future. That's quite worrying.

– Kezia Dugdale, speaking to Bauer Media show Scotland's Talk

Dugdale also questioned Jeremy Corbyn's willingness to be prime minister, but acknowledged that his popularity and "big ideas" are exciting the country.

Earlier this month, she had questioned how "a guy that's broken the whip 500 times" can enforce party discipline, in an interview with The Guardian.

Corbyn sets out agenda for 'better business'

Corbyn promises to create a level playing field between small businesses and corporations. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn will today set out his plans for "better business" promising to stand up for small businesses and clamp down on corporate tax avoiders.

It comes as former prime minister and chancellor Gordon Brown prepares to give a speech on the future of the Labour Party this afternoon.

Among the proposed policies are a freeze on tax rates for small businesses, a national investment bank, fair rents for local shops and more resources for HMRC to tackle corporate tax avoidance.

The current government seems to think 'pro-business' means giving a green light to corporate tax avoiders and private monopolies.

I will stand up for small businesses, independent entrepreneurs, and the growing number of enterprises that want to cooperate and innovate for the public good.

– Jeremy Corbyn, speaking to The Observer

Gordon Brown to intervene in Labour leadership contest

Gordon Brown will make a high-profile intervention in the Labour leadership contest with a keynote speech at London's Southbank Centre.

While he is not expected to endorse any of the four candidates in the race, Mr Brown's address is expected to distance himself from the policies of front-runner Jeremy Corbyn.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown will make his first major public address since the Scottish referendum campaign. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

The speech on "power for a purpose" is expected to call for Labour to realign itself on the economy.

Mr Brown's intervention comes after several public attempts by his predecessor in power Tony Blair to warn against a Corbyn victory.

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