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Prescott: Blair's attack on Corbyn 'totally unacceptable'

John Prescott on the Today Programme Credit: Twitter/BBC Radio 4

John Prescott has blasted his former boss Tony Blair for "totally unacceptable" comments he made about left-wing leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

In a rare speech yesterday, Blair told the centrist think-tank Progress that anyone whose heart was with Corbyn should get a "transplant".

Incensed by this, former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott told BBC Radio 4 that Blair's intervention was "absolutely staggering".

He said: "To use that kind of language is just abuse. The Labour Party is about the heart as well as the head. To suggest that somebody should have a transplant if they are making decisions by the heart is totally unacceptable."

He also rejected claims that it would be a "disaster" for Labour if Mr Corbyn became leader and said it was Mr Blair's invasion of Iraq which had undermined support for the party.

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Labour strategy 'driven by the pointy-heads not the lionhearts'

Labour's campaign strategy is being driven by "the pointy-heads not the lionhearts," former deputy prime Lord Prescott has warned.

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott, shows his 1997 Labour card. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive

Writing in his column in the Sunday Mirror, he said:

To be frank, our campaigns have not been very successful. From the 2010 general election to local and European elections and by-elections, it seems strategy is driven by the pointy-heads not the lionhearts.

The Scottish referendum campaign was only saved by dedicated old-school campaigners like Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy who went out and spoke with passion about Labour's values, achievements and positive case for the future.

In these last six months we need passionate campaigners to sell our popular policies.

– john prescott writing in the sunday times

Crowds force Prescott to retreat to coffee shop

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has had to retreat to a coffee shop because of the impassioned crowd on the street outside.

Prescott is on the Yes campaign trail in Scotland.

Prescott: Stay and 'help kick the Tories in the ballots'

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has asked voters in Scotland to stay in the union and help Labour kick the Conservatives "in the ballots".

Writing in the Daily Mirror, Lord Prescott said, "Leaving a union that has delivered huge cultural, social and economic benefits for millions of people for centuries because you don't like Cameron and Osborne is like walking away from a fight with Lord Snooty and his Posh Pals."

'Please don't walk away from the fight. Britain needs you now more than ever,' John Prescott writes. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"We've got the Bullingdon Boys on the run down south but we need your help to finish the job. If you leave, we'll have to stand alone", he continued.

"So stick with us in this fight and we'll both kick them in the ballots at the General Election. United we stand. Divided we both fail."

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Prescott: Miliband fought Nazis as Mail supported them

John Prescott has attacked the "outrageous" and "pernicious" Daily Mail article claiming Ed Miliband's father "hated Britain".

The former deputy prime minister told ITV News: "Do bear in mind his father fled from Europe to fight the fascists, joined the Royal Navy, and at that time Viscount Rothermere - who owned the Daily Mail - was actually writing in support of the fascist Blackshirts.

"Would I then follow the same rule and blame Mr Dacre, the [Mail] editor, for the views of the owner? No I wouldn't, and that's what is so wrong. It's hypocrisy. "

Report: Labour plotting to lower voting age to 16

Ed Miliband addressed teenage pupils at Blatchington Mill School in Hove last month. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour have reportedly drawn up plans to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in an attempt to capture more support.

The Sunday Times said Labour's shadow minister for London, Sadiq Khan, had prepared the key reform, which could be introduced for the 2020 election if the party return to power in 2015.

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