Lord John Prescott was Britain's longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, and a key player in the Blair Government.
Arguably Prescott's most significant achievement was to lead negotiations at Kyoto, resulting in the first international treaty on climate change. He is also recognised for his keen interest in regeneration, particularly in the housing sector. Having now left political office, Lord Prescott continues to advise the Chinese on their plans to build a thousand new 'sustainable' cities.
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.