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.

Vox Prop: What will life be like in a pounds 60,000 starter home?

Kate Harris, a first-time buyer from Maidenhead: "It has been a real struggle to save for a flat and I don't know how anyone can afford to buy without help. What is important is to be able to sell in a couple of years. I would worry about being caught in a trap if I bought somewhere that was designed to be cheap. If it is in a poor location it may be isolated."

Blair did not promise to step aside for Brown, say aides

Tony Blair never promised Gordon Brown he would stand down before the next general election, allies of the Prime Minister insisted yesterday.

The wrong sort of devolution

Prescott braced for defeat on assembly

John Prescott is braced for a stinging rebuff to his cherished plan to create an elected regional assembly in the North-east of England.

It's lose, lose for Prescott in row over Liverpool FC

Deputy Prime Minister put on spot by 'yes' and 'no' camps as he prepares to make decision on development of £80m stadium

Prescott praises flood village rescuers

The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott praised the emergency services as "absolutely superb" today as a massive rescue operation continued in the flood-ravaged Cornish coastal village of Boscastle.

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