Gordon Brown is to appear before the Iraq Inquiry before the general election the Scotsman report's today. Senior sources at Number 10 are expecting an announcement to be made today at 10am.
Sir John Chilcot, head of the inquiry, had previously ruled the Prime Minister's evidence should be delayed until after the election in order to keep party politics out of the proceedings.
Angus Robertson, the SNP leader at Westminster, who raised the issue at PMQs on Wednesday said: "The net is closing on in Gordon Brown. Despite all his efforts to force the Iraq Inquiry behind closed doors, the case for the man who bankrolled the illegal war in Iraq to give full evidence in public is overwhelming - and now even he has acknowledged that.
"Tony Blair led us into the worst foreign policy disaster in modern times and, as senior figures involved in the run-up to the conflict have already told the Chilcot inquiry, Gordon Brown was right beside him all the way."
Tony Blair is due to appear before the Inquiry a week today.
Update 3.05am The Times now has the story on their site and say an exact date for the PM's appearance is yet to be set. Sources said that members of the inquiry were absolutely furious that the information was released by No 10 before its planned announcement today. They complain that Downing Street is turning the invitation, which was ectended by the inquiry in a letter last night, into a political issue. What did they expect from Gordon Brown?