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Prescott: Ill Stand in for Blair

Scandal ridden Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is firm in his conviction: he would stand in for Prime Minister Tony Blair as planned.

Prescott dismissed the claims that he should not stand in for the PM who is set to take a vacation towards the end of the month. He insisted that he would be taking over when Blair leaves.

"This is the tenth summer that I am doing," he said in an interview.

"If you put it together with Easter and Christmas, it's nearly two months of the year. That may come as a bit of a shock to them but it's been going on for nine years, and for nine years there has not been a peep of criticism and the polls have gone up for us every time," he added.

Prescott has been under heavy criticism at late due to growing evidence of his 'canoodling' with casino Tycoon Philip Anschutz.

Anschutz is the owner of the Millennium Dome, bidding to be Britain's first super casino. Prescott is accused of being biased towards the dome.

Prescott claims to not be fazed by the allegations of corruption.

"If the allegation is corruption, I know it's not there and nobody has produced any evidence of such a thing. There may be questions about my judgment but they may be matters for other people to make judgements about," he said.