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Prescott: Labour will not allow unions to 'dictate policy'

Lord Prescott has told Daybreak the Labour Party will not allow trade unions to "dictate policy".

The former deputy prime minister praised Labour leader Ed Miliband's plans to change the party's relationship with the unions.

Lord Prescott said, "We're not going to allow them to dictate policy. They can come to conferences and help decide our policy, but we're not having rich people do it".

Read: Miliband's union link pledge

Prescott congratulates Hull City over promotion

Former Hull East MP John Prescott has congratulated Hull City after the team was promoted to the Premier League, drawing 2-2 against Cardiff City.

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Hull City back in the Premiership...thanks to Leeds United! We owe you a pint, lads! #YorkshireYorkshire #utt #hcafc #ineedadrink

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Prescott attacks Thatcher's funeral costs

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has denounced plans for the taxpayer to foot the bill for Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

Writing in his Sunday Mirror column, Lord Prescott said the ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday was simply a "political propaganda exercise" for the Conservative Party.

"I despised everything she stood for. She may have been a woman, but in her policies she showed no compassion to the sick, needy and the desperate," the Labour peer wrote.

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott denounces plans for the taxpayer to pay for the funeral.
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott denounces plans for the taxpayer to pay for the funeral. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"Even in death, she is spinning from her grave. She claimed she never wanted a state funeral, but she planned to give herself the same ceremonial one as the Queen Mother", he continued.

Lord Prescott suggested the 13,000 millionaires who each received £100,000 tax cut as a result of the Government's cut in the top rate of tax should instead each contribute £770 to pay for it.

"Privatise her funeral. It would be a fitting tribute," he added.

Prescott: 'Will the press sign up to the new deal?'

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby John Prescott was asked how seemly the late night press regulation deal was:

It wasn't unconventional or unseemly. You go for an agreement where there are real difficulties, perhaps it takes time to get that agreement. At Kyoto, where I was involved in the negotiations, it went through the nights and nights... How do you get consensus? How do you get to an agreement?

Cameron realised he couldn't win it in the Commons and that's the reality of it. We realised - I would say our negotiator, I wasn't involved in it - wanted to accept the Charter but with a statutory framework. Eventually all parties came together. They did not want to appear to be condemned by all those who had been affected.

The big question now is... are they going to observe it - the press? Are they going to play a part? What I find difficult to understand is in Ireland they do have a proposal and it has a statutory framework and every one of the British papers signed up to it. So what's different here?

Lord Prescott on The Agenda with Tom Bradby

Lord Prescott won £40,000 damages from the News of the World's publishers after his phone was hacked Credit: PA Wire

Former deputy prime minister and hacking victim Lord Prescott, Spectator magazine editor Fraser Nelson, Fleet Street Fox blogger and journalist Susie Boniface and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup will be giving their reaction to the cross-party deal on press regulation on The Agenda with Tom Bradby.

The show is on ITV at 10.35 tonight.

Join in the debate on Twitter by using the hashtag #TheAgenda.

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