Sport John Prescott has backed Hull City owner Assem Allam over his plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers

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

Make a pledge that means something

No one needs to take the Labour Party's pledge cards too seriously. Even the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, doesn't do that, to judge by his tone of hilarity on the Today programme yesterday. Perhaps he's wise. There's something irredeemably gimmicky about the idea of the cards, particularly when they are as bland as "your family is better off" and "your child is achieving more". If these please-all offerings are the best Labour can offer, it is little wonder there are such fierce internal arguments over the party's manifesto.

Letter: Prescott's homes

Your article "Prescott home plan will ruin the environment" (30 January) misrepresented the work of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) as being unnecessarily critical of John Prescott and the Sustainable Communities plan. It was misleading in placing IPPR's work alongside a critical report by the Environmental Audit Committee with which IPPR was not associated. The article implied that IPPR thinks "ministers have failed to account for the devastating potential impact of global warming". Our commission has made no such dramatic statements.

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