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Prescott starts new European job
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John Prescott has served as an MP in Hull for 37 years
Former deputy prime minister John Prescott begins his new role on Monday as a British representative to the Council of Europe.

Mr Prescott, who is to stand down as Hull East MP at the next election, has taken an unpaid role on the Parliamentary Assembly of the council.

He replaces Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd who is stepping down.

The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, was established in 1949 to promote human rights and freedoms.

The post - which although unpaid includes expenses - means Mr Prescott will also sit on the Assembly of Western European Union, an assembly for security and defence.

A former MEP, Mr Prescott held a similar position on the Council of Europe in the 1970s.

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