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Gordon Brown says the next Labour leader needs to support more powers being given to the North of England

Gordon Brown, former Labour Prime Minister Credit: ITV News

The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the next leader of the Labour Party needs to recognise voters' demands for change and support more powers being given to the North of England.

Mr Brown wouldn't be drawn on his choice to replace Jeremy Corbyn, while speaking at a Newcastle conference today, aimed at promoting the union. However, he told ITV News Tyne Tees what he thinks they should focus on:

We need to recognise that the public is dissatisfied and the public wants change to happen. It may be change in the allocation of resources, so more money is spent on housing and health and education.

It may be that the North, as I think, needs a stronger voice that is expressed in Westminster, that the local authorities are given more powers, that the local authorities are given more powers, that the local authorities, the mayors and the MPs come together in a council to press for more things to be done.''

– Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister

Just three candidates remain in the race to become Labour's next leader, with party members due to start voting on 24 February.

On Sunday the Labour Leader and Deputy Leader candidates will be addressing their party members at a hustings in Durham.

There is a big task ahead for the successor to Jeremy Corbyn, as they will need to bring the party back from its worst electoral defeat, in terms of House of Commons seats, since 1935.

We'll find out who gets the top job on 4 April.

But how much do we know about the three remaining candidates?

To find out, we sent our Political Correspondent Tom Sheldrick to one of the North East's Labour constituencies lost to the Conservative Party in December's general election.

Who are the three remaining Labour leadership candidates?

Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles

Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles Credit: Labour Party

There is a clear path to a Labour government. My leadership will take that path by first showing that under the Tories, there are too many obstacles placed in the way of millions of people’s hopes and aspirations.

“We all think that if we work hard and play by the rules we should expect to have a comfortable life. But that isn’t true for millions of people; anxiety about the future is growing faster than hope that each generation will do better than the last.

“Austerity, entrenched privilege and class divides all work against the overwhelming majority.

“To realise collective aspiration, Labour must take on vested interests, not accommodate them. Whether we live Blyth or Brixton, my vision of aspirational socialism and a democratic revolution will excite a movement for renewal.

“Retreating from popular policies that provide answers to the crises facing our country will not work: in living standards, our climate, our democracy and in our public services. I’m proud to have developed many of these policies, including our Green Industrial Revolution, which can unite our communities behind an ambitious and credible agenda.

“Our democratic revolution means taking a fresh look at our party, with open selections of MPs and a greater members’ role in policy, and applying these principles in the wider society, taking power out of Westminster.

“Our progressive path to power runs through social justice, delivering a new green economy, uniting our heartlands, empowering them to realise their dreams, hopes and aspirations. Let’s take it together.”

– Rebecca Long-Bailey's Candidate Statement

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan Credit: Labour Party

In December, voters sent us a clear message – change, or die. There are no more second chances for Labour.

“Now is not the time to steady the ship or to play it safe. Changing the man at the top and expecting a different result isn’t enough. We need a different kind of leadership, and that means a different kind of leader. From Finland to New Zealand, we’re seeing what that leadership can look like. It means making the bold choice, not the easy one. This is our moment.

“I am standing to be our next Leader because I believe it takes a movement to change things. Under my leadership, we will empower our Party and empower our communities. We will draw on the strength of our diversity, the depth of our talent and the breadth of our ambition. I am seeking to lead the country I have always known we can be but have never seen. A country built on the values of fairness, justice and compassion that have united Labour’s broad coalition just three times in the last 100 years.

“The road back to power will be steep but it doesn’t have to be long. I am asking for your permission to lead our Party, to unite our movement and to become our next Labour Prime Minister.

“We can win together.”

– Lisa Nandy's Candidate Statement

Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras

Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras Credit: Labour Party

I’ve spent my life fighting injustice and standing up to the powerful.

“I’m now standing to be leader of our Labour Party because I’m determined to unite our movement, take on the Tories and build a better future.

“Labour only wins when we’re united and when we have a radical vision of the future that people can trust.

“If I’m elected leader, I’ll bring the movement together and I’ll retain the radicalism of the last four years.

“We are an anti-austerity party. We believe in common ownership. We want a fairer and more peaceful world. We have led the way on climate change and the need for a Green New Deal.

“These are the pillars on which we must build.

“We must argue for a fairer tax system, for social security to be based on support and dignity and for a migration system that is welcoming and compassionate. We must be a force for economic justice, social justice and international justice.

“And if we’re to beat the Tories, we need to work together.

“We need to work much more closely with our fantastic Labour councillors, mayors and with Welsh and Scottish Labour.

“We need to be an effective Opposition in Parliament and able to win the argument in the country.

“We need to be more open, more welcoming and more inclusive.

“We’ve lost four elections – we can’t lose again.

“If all parts of the labour and trade union movement come together, we can achieve anything.

“Another future is possible.”

– Kier Starmer's Candidate Statement