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Prescott: 'Speak to the people in a language they understand'

July 23rd, 2015

Episode 501 of 1349 episodes

Lord Prescott has lashed at "morons" in the media and pollsters fuelling "a panic" over the Labour leadership contest. The former deputy prime minister said leftist candidate Jeremy Corbyn was doing well in the race because people knew where he stood. Lord Prescott launched a scathing attack on long-time boss Tony Blair's "totally unacceptable" warning of the dangers of a lurch to the left with a suggestion that anyone preparing to vote "with their heart" for Mr Corbyn should get a transplant. "I found that absolutely staggering. To use that kind of language is just abuse," Lord Prescott told Today. He accused Harriet Harman of adopting "the Tory position" over welfare cuts, and urged the party to "speak to the people in a language they understand".

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