John Prescott - My Fake Diary
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
More news from the This is Hull site on the upcoming Police Commissioner battle:
There was good-natured banter and plenty of balloons to hand out but the message was clear - the fight is on.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott brought a battling spirit to proceedings.
At 74, and now with a seat in the House of Lords, his opponents claim he will try to do the job part-time, which will not be good enough.
But Lord Prescott said: "This is the only job I'll do. I won't be going down to the House of Lords.
"Am I participating in the Lords? No.
"Nobody works harder than me and this job will require full-time commitment, you can't do it part-time."
For a while the Red Rose had the field, with George McManus, chairman of Beverley and Holderness Labour Party, calling out to Saturday lunchtime shoppers to meet with Lord Prescott.
A strong delegation of East Riding Council Conservative councillors just did not have the same pulling power.
Then their candidate arrived, bringing with him new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
It was a sign of how important the Conservatives regard getting their man into post as Humberside's new police and crime commissioner at November's election.
Mr Grove, an East Riding councillor, said: "It's an important election and having Chris Grayling here indicates how important it is to the party.
They haven't got a chance in Hell!
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