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Prescott understands the need for further financial backing and the lifelong Hull fans has given his approval for the potential name change

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The Government is offering generous incentives to tenants, but critics say this could cause more problems than it solves, reports Chiara Cavaglieri
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Labour's former deputy leader Lord Prescott today said it was "time for change" in the party's relations with the trade unions.

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Advertising that packs a punch...

The former deputy prime minister John Prescott has reaffirmed his nickname "Two Jabs" by appearing in a TV advert for a price comparison website in which he takes his frustrations out on a punchbag.

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John Prescott's office authorised spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on "indoor plant landscaping" and "silver service" waiters when he was Deputy Prime Minister.

Leading article: Nostalgia for croquet in the afternoon

Nice to hear from John – sorry, Lord – Prescott again, even if it is with a disappointing denial that he had anything to do with a rather expensive contract for his former department, stipulating "indoor plant landscaping", "silver service" and the maintenance of "healthy and vigorous plants with a weed-free appearance". We are happy to accept his insistence that he had better things to do than oversee his indoor landscaping, preferring to leave it to his civil servants. But there's nothing at all to be ashamed of. Such standards are surely no more than we all aspire to, even if we lack the means to attain them. Should not "weed-free" be a statutory national requirement, anywhere and everywhere?

End of the road for Britain's most hated traffic lane

Drivers will celebrate the demise of John Prescott's M4 bus lane. But, asks Andy McSmith, will we miss it when it's gone?

MP claims self-defence after altercation in Parliament

A Labour MP today spoke of how he "wrestled" a man to the floor in "self defence" inside the Houses of Parliament.

The Week In Radio: When playing it safe isn't a sound move

On that sad day when circumstances compelled Radio 2 to replace Jonathan Ross on Saturday mornings, it looked around and its gaze quite naturally fell on Graham Norton. He was, in many ways, the obvious choice. Norton is a proven talent as well as a warm, genuinely likeable personality. Of all Radio 2's DJs, he's the one I'd most want to get trapped in a lift with. But given the brilliant, inventive extemporising with which Jonathan Ross used to kick off the weekend, Norton's new show, which started this week, felt totally... safe.

M4 bus lane to be scrapped

An unpopular bus lane on a busy motorway, introduced by John Prescott in 1999, is to be scrapped.

End of the road for M4 bus lane

An unpopular bus lane on a busy motorway, introduced by the former Transport Secretary John Prescott in 1999, is to be scrapped, it was revealed today.

Tony Blair: Prince Charles was baffled by John Prescott's tea drinking habits

The Prince of Wales was baffled by John Prescott's habit of balancing a teacup and saucer on his stomach, Tony Blair reveals in his memoirs.

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A pub chain has issued an apology after a gay group said that its duty manager had taken issue over their sexuality.

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