John Prescott

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Prescott
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
2 May 1997 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Michael Heseltine
Succeeded by Nick Clegg[c]
First Secretary of State
In office
8 June 2001 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Michael Heseltine[a]
Succeeded by Lord Mandelson[b]
Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
In office
2 May 1997 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by John Gummer (Environment)
George Young (Transport)
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett (EFRA)
Stephen Byers (TLGR)
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
21 July 1994 – 24 June 2007
Leader Tony Blair
Preceded by Margaret Beckett
Succeeded by Harriet Harman
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
In office
21 October 1993 – 21 July 1994
Leader John Smith
Margaret Beckett
Preceded by Frank Dobson
Succeeded by Harriet Harman
In office
26 October 1984 – 13 July 1987
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by John Smith
Succeeded by Michael Meacher
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
23 November 1988 – 21 October 1993
Leader Neil Kinnock
John Smith
Preceded by Robert Hughes
Succeeded by Frank Dobson
In office
31 October 1983 – 26 October 1984
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Albert Booth
Succeeded by Gwyneth Dunwoody
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy
In office
13 July 1987 – 23 November 1988
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Stanley Orme
Succeeded by Tony Blair
Member of Parliament
for Hull East
In office
18 June 1970 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Harry Pursey
Succeeded by Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East)
Personal details
Born 31 May 1938 (1938-05-31) (age 76)
Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Pauline (née Tilston, 1961–present)
Children 2 sons
Alma mater Ruskin College
University of Hull
Religion None (Irreligious)[1]
a. ^ Office vacant from 2 May 1997 to 8 June 2001. b. ^ Office vacant from 27 June 2007 to 5 June 2009. c. ^ Office vacant from 27 June 2007 to 11 May 2010.

John Leslie Prescott, Lord Prescott [2] (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.[3] He has diabetes mellitus type 2[4] and had bulimia nervosa throughout his political career.[5]

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