Britain's former leader Tony Blair is making a dramatic comeback to domestic politics ahead of the country's national election.

Blair will make a speech defending his successor Gordon Brown's record, and attacking opposition leader David Cameron's claims to have dramatically changed his Conservative Party.

Currently envoy to the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers, Blair has made few appearances in Britain since he quit as prime minister in 2007.

but has had little other involvement in national politics.

Blair will speak Tuesday in his former parliamentary district in northern England. Aides say he's likely to make other appearances during the election campaign.