Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has been demanding for the suspension of the roll out of the Government's Universal Credit scheme during a visit to Bath, as part of his book tour.

Speaking at two events, at the Christ Church in Bath and the Festival Of Ideas at the University of Bristol, Gordon Brown revealed that poverty figures in the South West are set to rise "from 1 million to 1.2 million".

He urged Chancellor Phillip Hammond to get rid of the controversial benefits scheme in his budget next week.

Mr Brown said it would cause “chaos and confusion” and would “do nothing” to alleviate poverty.

Speaking to ITV West Country about Brexit, Gordon Brown says the nation continues to "suffer" due to "divisions within the Conservative Party".

In the politician's new book called, My Life, Our Times, which was published last week, he describes life growing up in Scotland as well as his role as the country's longest-serving Chancellor.

The country's longest-serving Chancellor also the country is "suffering a poverty and NHS emergency".

Today four million children are in poverty and the National Health Service is close to breaking point. By 2022, five million children will be in poverty and the NHS will be £22billion a year short of the cash it needs.

Gordon Brown