Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall has dismissed calls for her to pull out of the contest and back another candidate to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.
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It follows a YouGov poll for the Times putting left-winger Mr Corbyn ahead in the race and Ms Kendall fourth.
But she said: “I’ll be fighting for what I believe in until the very end.”
A series of senior Labour figures has warned against a victory for Mr Corbyn but ex-deputy PM Lord Prescott urged the party to “calm down”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Mr Blair’s suggestion that those who backed Mr Corbyn in their hearts should get a transplant was “unacceptable”.
Norman Smith, BBC assistant political editor, said pressure had been mounting on Ms Kendall to withdraw from the race.
But the Leicester West MP rejected that idea in a BBC interview – after her aides had accused Andy Burnham’s and Yvette Cooper’s camps of “fuelling” the idea.
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One source said: “Both Andy and Yvette have seen their numbers fall this week following the flip flop over welfare and that’s what is making these campaigns try and make Liz somehow the problem to distract from their own issues.”
The source said that under the preference voting system it would not make any difference, even if Ms Kendall pulled out.
Ms Kendall said she had always been an outsider in the race but said there were 51 days left to get people’s support.
She said a victory for Mr Corbyn would be a “disaster”, saying that turning back to the politics of the 1980s and losing elections “does nothing to help the people” the party wants to help.
Ms Kendall added that she was the only candidate offering an alternative to the politics which lost the party the last two elections, saying her policies would help Labour win power “so we can change the country for the better”.