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Pressure on Blair to Handle Prescott Inquiry

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is currently facing pressure from the Parliament to order an investigation on his second in command John Prescott.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has been under tremendous criticisms the last few weeks regarding his'canoodling' with casino tycoon Philip Anschutz. It has been said that Precott has broken ministers' rules of conduct by visiting with him on seven occassions.

The Liberal Democrats have written to Prime Minister Blair demanding an inquiry into the depth and nature of Prescott's association with the man who is bidding for a license to build a super casino at London's Millennium Dome.

Blair is the ultimate arbiter of the ministerial code of conduct, although he can relegate his position to Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell.

O'Donnell has been criticized as well by failing to pay heed to the casino sontroversy, and the Tories have accused Blair of undermining the rules by failing to investigate on Prescott.

Lib Dem culture spokesman Don Foster warned: "The prime minister must agree to undertake a full investigation of whether Mr Prescott broke the ministerial code, or suspicions of wrongdoing will linger."

And Sir Alistair Graham, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, likewise says that Blair risks further serious criticism if he does not start showing personal attention to the allegations against Prescott.

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