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|PM Backs 'Instinctive' Prescott
- Regrets, but no black mark for Deputy PM
TONY BLAIR has defended Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott following yesterday's punch up.
"Of course, he regrets what happened," Blair said. "He felt a blow to the side of the head and he reacted instinctively."
The blow referred to by the PM was an egg thrown, by a countryside protester, from a few feet away that lit Prescott's fuse before the Deputy PM and Transport Minister exploded with a well directed left-jab to the face.
Early reaction suggests Prescott and Labour will suffer little poll damage from the fracas, a conclusion backed up by the fact opposition Tory and Liberal Democrat spokespeople refused to call for Prescott's resignation. They sense, perhaps, that popular sentiment might be with the punch thrower rather than with the egg chucker.