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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Prescott gives up free mansion

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair's loyal £130,000 salary and Dorneywood, the historic so-called "grace and favour" country mansion that came with his job.

Newspapers had another field day when he was then photographed playing croquet on the mansion's lawn during working hours. Several of Labour Party parliamentarians openly called for Prescott's resignation.

Prescott said he had told Blair he had personally decided he no longer wanted to use the house.

"I have accepted that my continued use of Dorneywood is getting in the way of doing my job in government," he said in a statement. "I am well aware that my use of it is now a subject of public controversy and criticism and a matter of concern amongst some MPs and the Labour Party.

Prescott, a former ship's steward and union activist, has been an asset to Blair for his gruff working-class background and the loyalty he brings from party stalwarts.
He made headlines when he punched a demonstrator who threw an egg at him on the campaign trail in 2001 national elections.

Excuse me but........ Now that John Prescott is not living there, what numpty is going to be 'given' that house or is the country going to have to pay for it's upkeep to keep it empty.

Of all the people that we could have as No 1 Prescott is the only one that would get my vote. At least you know that he will give good account of himself in a toe-to-toe stand up. Yeah sure he is rough around the edges, but he is one of the ordinary people.

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