Prescott quits union sponsor over lobbying row

Deputy
Prime Minister John Prescott has resigned from the Rail Maritime and Transport
Union in protest at the union’s decision to cut its Labour Party funding to him
and 12 other MPs over demands that they follow union orders.

The
union cut funding after its lobbying of government failed to produce the
desired results.

However
the Labour Party has hit back saying the RMT cannot dictate how an MP should
vote.

The
RMT had demanded MPs back their drive for denationalisation of the railways,
and opposition to the part privatisation of the London Underground.

Prescott,
64, joined the National Union of Seaman as a 17-year-old – which then merged
with the RMT in 1990.

By Quentin Reade

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