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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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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.

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