Election '97: Heseltine and Prescott clash in live TV debate

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The Independent Online
The Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Heseltine, and Labour's deputy leader, John Prescott, traded verbal blows yesterday in a live television debate between the deputy leaders of all three main political parties. The sparks started to fly after Mr Heseltine levelled a direct accusation against Mr Prescott of "lying" about Tory proposals on retirement pensions.

The debate - the only one of its kind throughout the whole election campaign - came on BBC1's On The Record and also included Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alan Beith.