John Prescott

Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997–2007)

John Leslie Prescott, Baron Prescott[1] (born 31 May 1938) is a British Labour politician. He was born in Prestatyn, Wales. He grew up in Brinsworth, Yorkshire and Upton by Chester. He served as Deputy Prime Minister when Tony Blair was Prime Minister. He started out as a shop worker and was often considered to be the "most working class member of the Labour cabinet".[source?] Whilst campaigning for the 2001 election, he punched a man who threw an egg at him.[2] He has diabetes mellitus type 2[3] and had bulimia nervosa throughout his political career.[4]

The Lord Prescott
John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
2 May 1997 – 27 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMichael Heseltine
Succeeded byNick Clegg (2010)[a]
First Secretary of State
In office
8 June 2001 – 27 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMichael Heseltine (1997)[b]
Succeeded byThe Lord Mandelson (2009)[c]
Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
In office
2 May 1997 – 8 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byJohn Gummer (Environment)
George Young (Transport)
Succeeded byMargaret Beckett (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Stephen Byers (Transport, Local Government and the Regions)
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
21 July 1994 – 24 June 2007
LeaderTony Blair
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byHarriet Harman
Shadow Cabinet positions
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
In office
21 October 1993 – 21 July 1994
LeaderJohn Smith
Margaret Beckett (Acting)
ShadowingDavid Hunt
Michael Portillo
Preceded byFrank Dobson
Succeeded byHarriet Harman
In office
26 October 1984 – 13 July 1987
LeaderNeil Kinnock
ShadowingTom King
Lord Young of Graffham
Norman Fowler
Preceded byJohn Smith
Succeeded byMichael Meacher
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
23 November 1988 – 21 October 1993
LeaderNeil Kinnock
John Smith
ShadowingPaul Channon
Cecil Parkinson
Malcolm Rifkind
John MacGregor
Preceded byRobert Hughes
Succeeded byFrank Dobson
In office
31 October 1983 – 26 October 1984
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byAlbert Booth
Succeeded byGwyneth Dunwoody
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy
In office
13 July 1987 – 23 November 1988
LeaderNeil Kinnock
ShadowingCecil Parkinson
Preceded byStanley Orme
Succeeded byTony Blair
Member of Parliament
for Hull East
In office
19 June 1970 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byHarry Pursey
Succeeded byKarl Turner
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
8 July 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
John Leslie Prescott

(1938-05-31) 31 May 1938 (age 84)
Prestatyn, Flintshire, Wales
Political partyLabour
Pauline Tilston (m. 1961)
EducationRuskin College
Alma materUniversity of Hull
a. ^ Office vacant from 27 June 2007 to 11 May 2010.
b. ^ Office vacant from 2 May 1997 to 8 June 2001.
c. ^ Office vacant from 27 June 2007 to 5 June 2009.


  1. London Gazette, accessed 25 January 2011
  2. BBC News article
  3. Prescott has diabetes
  4. "John Prescott tells of his battle with bulimia". Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2018-04-01.

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