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Gordon Brown To Make Intervention In Labour Leadership Race

14/08/2015 16:23 BST | Updated 14/08/2015 16:59 BST

Gordon Brown is expected to make an eleventh hour intervention in the Labour leadership race against a backdrop of Jeremy Corbyn's soaring popularity.

The former Prime Minister has yet to reveal who he is backing in the race but a Sky News report suggests he will endorse Yvette Cooper.

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Gordon Brown's comments ahead of the Scottish referendum was seen as crucial

His predecessor, Tony Blair, has been outspoken over the prospect of left-winger Mr Corbyn becoming leader, warning of the party "walking off a cliff". A YouGov poll gave the Islington North MP a 32-point lead.

Those fearful of a Corbyn victory may hope the former MP sounding an alarm will dent his prospects more than Mr Blair, whose comments appear to have emboldened "Corbyn-ites".

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Mr Brown's public comments on Scottish independence just days before last year's referendum were credited for shoring up the "No" vote against a shock poll suggesting a victory for the "Yes" campaign.

His speech in south London on Saturday is entitled "Power For A Purpose – The Future Of The Labour Party" and comes as party officials began sending out more than 600,000 ballot papers to members.

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a campaign rally in Edinburgh

Mr Corbyn is today holding a rally in Scotland to outline his 10 priorities if elected Prime Minister. Ed Miliband has yet to make any public remarks on the race.