Wednesday, July 8, 1998 Published at 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Curriculum vitae: Derek Draper
Also known as:
Muttley (to Peter Mandelson's Dastardly);
New Labour insider (although now seeing it from the outside)
Journalist (although now sacked from The Express)
Lobbyist (although now resigned from his firm, GPC Market Access)
Author of Blair's 100 Days (although one friend told The Guardian: "Derek would be the first to admit that it was terrible.")
Experience in media spotlight:
Memorable way with words:
"There are 17 people who count. And to say I am intimate with every one of them is the understatement of the century."
Memorable way with words, part II:
Good contacts among his 17 intimate friends:
Intimate friends prepared to defend him publicly:
Skills of prediction:
Humble boy made good:
Peter Mandelson: "He has a fine intelligence, but sometimes I am afraid he misuses that intelligence. He gets above himself. But now he has been cut down to size and I think probably he will learn a very hard lesson from what has happened."
Unnamed university friend (quoted in The Guardian): He's "very, very clever".
Another unnamed friend: "The thing about Derek is that he doesn't give a damn."
Availability for work: