Report: Blair thinks Brown cannot win against Cameron
The prime minister has dismissed claims that Tony Blair believes he cannot beat David Cameron in an election.
Former Labour fundraiser Lord Levy said on Sunday that Mr Blair believed Gordon Brown could not beat the Tory leader.
But Mr Brown said: "The issues ahead of us are more important than a few comments from one or two people." Mr Blair's office has denied the claims.
Mr Brown's comments come as the parties enter the final days of campaigning for Thursday's local and mayoral elections.
He told the BBC steering the economy through difficult times was more important than "gossip or rumour".
10p tax row
Conservative leader David Cameron will later promise to abolish poverty altogether as he stakes his claim to natural Labour territory.
The Tory leader will accuse Gordon Brown of making child poverty worse and urge him to publish the latest figures before Thursday's polls.