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Breakfast with Frost
On Sunday, 03 August 2003, Breakfast with Frost featured an interview with the deputy prime minister, John Prescott MP.

The deputy prime minister, John Prescott MP
"Delighted that Paul has joined us and made our family complete."

The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott today spoke of the happiness he and his wife Pauline felt, at meeting the son she gave up for adoption 43 years ago.

Mrs Prescott was reunited with Paul Watton two years ago. She'd given birth to him when she was 16, before she met and married Mr Prescott.

"We are delighted that Paul has joined us now and completed our family," he told Peter Sissons.

"It really is something that makes a stronger family. I think we have every reason to be happy about it."

Geoff Hoon defended

Mr Prescott also talked about political matters - including his plans to build thousands of new homes in the south east of England, and the opening of the Hutton inquiry into the death of the government scientist, Dr David Kelly.

And he defended the Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, after it emerged that Mr Hoon will miss Dr Kelly's funeral because he will be on holiday.

"Everyone has to have their holidays and ... I will be attending on behalf of the government, and properly so, and I think we should leave those comments there," Mr Prescott said.

Teresa May's comment 'damaging'

Lord Bell - Mrs Thatcher's former PR adviser
Lord Bell is helping the current Conservative leadership

The programme also included an interview with Lord Bell - Mrs Thatcher's former PR adviser, who is now helping the current Conservative leadership.

He admitted that the Tory chairman Teresa May's description of the Conservatives as "the nasty party" had been "very damaging".

"Obviously it was taken out of context but it was unfortunate because it appeared we thought that we ourselves are nasty rather than just the people who oppose us do," he said.

Metropolitan Police criticised

Another guest on the programme was John Leslie's solicitor, Jason McCue, who talked about the collapse of the sexual assault case against the television presenter.

Mr McCue criticised police conduct, saying he was "extremely angry over the leakage" of information to the media.

And he also criticised the Metropolitan Police unit which investigated the allegations against Mr Leslie.

"I think this self-styled celebrity squad is something that we should be really rethinking in the criminal process," he said.

"By its very nature there's an inequality straight away."

Human bullet

Also on the show was the "human bullet" Felix Baumgartner who last week became the first person to "fly" across the English Channel under his own power, in a free-fall jump from an aircraft, with six-foot carbon fibre wings strapped to his back.

Courtney Pine
Courtney Pine discussed the British jazz revival

Peter Sissons also discussed the British jazz revival with saxophonist Courtney Pine and the Mercury prize nominee, Soweto Kinch.

And the newspapers were reviewed by Carole Stone and the Times editor, Robert Thomson.


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