UK Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham was today due to visit Aberdeen.
Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Mr Burnham are vying to become party leader following Ed Miliband’s resignation after May’s general election.
Leigh MP Mr Burnham started the contest as favourite to win, but has since fallen into second place after a surge in support for Mr Corbyn.
He was due to meet Usdaw union members who work at Sainsbury’s at Berryden today.
He said: “It’s great to be in Aberdeen to speak to Labour members and supporters.
“I’m clear Labour must reconnect with voters in the North-east of Scotland and I wanted to answer directly Labour activists’ questions.”
Banff and Buchan constituency Labour party (CLP) has backed Mr Burnham for leader, alongside 16 other Scottish CLPs.
North-east Labour MSP Richard Baker has also lent his support and was to host a question and answer session tonight in Tillydrone.
Mr Baker said: “I’m backing Andy Burnham because he understands the challenges facing not only the Labour Party, but our country too, so I am delighted he is visiting Aberdeen.
“Andy recognises the huge importance of our energy industry, which is vital for us in the North-east.
“He has also shown he will give Scottish Labour the support and backing we need to win again.”
The new UK Labour leader will be announced on Saturday, September 12.