Meanwhile, a further blow was dealt to Mr Prescott's authority as it emerged that Peter Hain, the Welsh Secretary, was wooing four of the five big unions to back him as the next deputy leader.
Sources close to Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary and Mr Prescott's closest rival for the job, said there would be a "Celtic problem" if Scot Gordon Brown was leader and his deputy was Welsh.
Can one of my Welsh readers please contact the North Wales Police who take such anti-welsh sneers seriously. To suggest that the oleaginous Hain is Welsh is the nastiest sneer on a fine body of men, women and sheep I have ever heard. I wouldn't believe him if he said the sun rose in the east this morning without checking it myself but I think we can rely on his official website :
Peter was born in Nairobi, Kenya on 16th February 1950 to Adelaine Florence Hain (nee Stocks) and Walter Vannet Hain. Peter's parents were South African born, his mother of British 1820 settler descent and his father of parents who had emmigrated from Glasgow during the depression of the 1930s.