British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his predecessor Tony Blair will play a major role in the country's upcoming national election campaign.

Brown was quoted Friday as telling the London Evening Standard newspaper in an interview that Blair "has a major role to play in the election."

Blair quit as leader in June 2007, after he won three straight national elections from 1997, handing over to his sometimes quarrelsome ally Brown.

Britain must hold a national election by June 3, when Brown and Blair's Labour Party will seek to hold off the confident opposition Conservative Party — who have led in opinion polls for two years.

Brown did not specify what role Blair would play, but says he'll likely tap the advice of a host of veteran campaigners.