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PREZZA'S BLOG FURY; He blasts ministers.

FURIOUS John Prescott warned yesterday that Labour faces being out of power for a generation if it doesn't sharpen up its act.

Prezza launched a stunning assault on Harriet Harman, his successor as deputy Labour leader, and other ministers over the party's disastrous showing in the local and Euro elections. He blasted them for "being resigned to defeat".

Prezza also singled out elections co-ordinator Douglas Alexander and Cabinet quitters James Purnell, Caroline Flint and Hazel Blears.

Writing on his blog, Prezza raged: "The grassroots and the candidates wanted to fight but we, the party, let them down. I'm sure many will quite rightly never forgive us for that.

"I've fought 11 General Elections and if we fight the next one like this campaign, we'll be out for a generation."

Prezza added: "I kept asking the party what was the strategy, what was our message, what was the campaign? I became so concerned I wrote to Harriet. Her reply was less than satisfactory."

Mr Prescott defended Gordon Brown, saying the PM should have had more support from those around him. He said: "He has one of the toughest jobs in Britain and has to be able to rely on colleagues to lift the load of campaigning."

Labour backbencher Graham Allen was among the MPs calling on Mr Brown to quit. He said the PM should "take the honourable way out so the party can progress".

Ex-minister Meg Munn said: "Gordon is not providing the leadership that the country needs".

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Date:Jun 6, 2009
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