Starting out as a Cunard ship's steward and union official, Prescott rose to power via a degree in economics and a spell in the European Parliament. Throughout the period of modernisation, he maintained his core beliefs and his popularity with the party's grassroots.
As well as his work with Al Gore on the international stage, John Prescott is widely credited for managing sometimes strained relationships around the Cabinet table. He is also recognised for his keen interest in regeneration, and continues to advise the Chinese government on their plans to build a thousand new 'sustainable' cities.
John is also known for a number of controversial episodes - not least his passion for Jaguars and the punch he threw at a farmer during an election campaign. From his early days serving pink gins through to his private dinners with Brown and Blair, 'Prezza' has a rich fund of anecdotes.
The Political Landscape,
Social Responsibility, Energy & Sustainability
Policy making: housing, regeneration and the environment
Behind the scenes of government