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

Ban on hunting with dogs delayed... yet again

Supporters of fox hunting said last night that hunting with dogs could be legal for at least another two years after an indication from the Deputy Prime Minister that the Bill to ban all hunting with dogs would not be reintroduced until the next Queen's Speech in November.

Radical plans could alienate core voters, Prescott tells Blair

John Prescott has warned Tony Blair against adopting a radical manifesto that would alienate Labour's traditional core supporters.

It is time for the Government to step up a gear

The Government is keen to talk about its five-year plans for transforming schools and hospitals, but it is worth remembering when we last heard policy framed in such Stalinesque terms. In the summer of 2000, John Prescott unveiled a grand 10-year plan for transport which would "get Britain moving". Four years later, the deputy Prime Minister is mercifully no longer in charge of transport, but Britain is still stuck in neutral.

The voters have demonstrated their contempt for the war in Iraq

In a welcome departure from the usual post-election script, John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, displayed brutal honesty. Abandoning any attempts at phoney triumphalism, he admitted that the voters had given Labour a "good kicking". Indeed they have; the voters have given Labour its biggest kicking since Tony Blair became leader in 1994. Even Ken Livingstone's victory in London is of limited comfort. The opinion polls in advance of the result all suggested that Mr Livingstone would have won by a wider margin if he had stood as an independent. Mr Livingstone won in spite of the endorsement from Mr Blair, not because of it.

New Prescott gaffe reopens row over Blair leadership

John Prescott raised fresh doubts about Tony Blair's premiership yesterday when he compared the Prime Minister to Harold Wilson in the days before he stood down from No 10.

The decline, not the fall

HE SHOULD STAY

Prescott to co-ordinate Cabinet as election nears

John Prescott has been given a key role by Tony Blair as the Cabinet's "progress chaser" to ensure that ministers act in a co-ordinated way in the run-up to the next general election. He will not be formally called the Cabinet's "enforcer", as were Mo Mowlam and Jack Cunningham. But he will perform a similar role, ensuring that ministers clear policy with Downing Street.

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