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'We both knew it was risky'
A series of intimate revelations of John Prescott's affair have been spelled out in detail by his former lover Tracey Temple in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. What has she said?

ON HOW THE AFFAIR BEGAN

Ms Temple began to work for the John Prescott in 2001, becoming his diary manager when the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created.

"I liked working for him. I felt privileged," she told the newspaper.

John Prescott arriving at his home in Hull
Mr Prescott phoned his ex-lover once after the affair was exposed

"We got on very well. I am quite a flirty, touchy sort of person. We had adjoining offices and I was in and out of his office countless times a day; I would rub his arm when he went past me and he would do the same to me.

"But it was all open, in front of people, and I think they just accepted we got on really well. He was tactile with everyone."

Their relationship changed, she said, when she first went to his flat at Admiralty House, in May 2002, to take him ministerial boxes.

"It was the first time I had been there, and he leaned forward and cupped my face in his hands. I froze.

"He said: 'I probably shouldn't have done that.' And I said: 'No you shouldn't.' Then I left."

She said in the following weeks they became "closer and closer".

ON THE AFFAIR

Ms Temple told how regular sexual encounters took place in Mr Prescott's office with the door open while other civil servants worked outside.

On other occasions they took place in Mr Prescott's taxpayer-funded flat in Admiralty Arch - once following the Iraq war memorial service.

"I knew what we were doing was risky but we both got carried away," she said.

Tracey Temple (far right) with Mr Prescott and others
Ms Temple (far right) claimed they had sex shortly after this memorial service

She described what occurred in his office on a couple of occasions.

"Yes, I did give him sex in the office a couple of times.

"He would usually be going through his ministerial box - maybe things to do with regeneration or the environment.

"Things always started with touching. It might have been me touching his arm or him patting me on the back.

"I would go in for some task with the diary.

"Sometimes the touch would start something, we would kiss and things would go on from there."

She told the paper that on one occasion the Mr Prescott "got frisky" in the Admiralty Boardroom - described as a government conference room.

ON HER ATTRACTION TO HIM

Asked why she kept the affair going for so long, she told the paper she "enjoyed the attention".

"He was a great boss, and I enjoyed the attention he gave me. But I wasn't into the whole power thing.

"It wasn't like I went home thinking: 'Oh my God, I'm sleeping with the deputy prime minister'. I don't think I was looking for a father figure either.

"I truthfully don't know why I did it. I think I liked the attention and feeling cared for."

ON HIS WIFE AND FAMIILY

Ms Temple insisted she never intended to hurt Mr Prescott's wife Pauline.

"Pauline is a fantastic person, I loved her too.

"We had a great relationship and I know she will be devastated.

"I do feel bad about that. I couldn't look at her now.

"I do think he is sincere in his apology. He is a family man."

ON THE END OF THE AFFAIR

The relationship lasted two years, she said, before "fading away".

"It just got to the point where I didn't really want to have sex any more," she said.

"But we were still very close. Still great friends."

ON THE AFFAIR BECOMING PUBLIC

Ms Temple said she believed the affair was disclosed to a newspaper by a political enemy hoping to force Mr Prescott out of office.

But she also said she had been abandoned as the storm over the affair broke, receiving just one telephone call from her former lover.

She said: "I feel I have been used and am being used as a scapegoat.

"They have abandoned me and hung me out to dry. I have been left completely alone."

When it became clear the affair was going to be exposed, she says she was pleased when Mr Prescott called her - but the call turned out to be very short.

"Are you all right, love", Mr Prescott asked her, she told the paper.

"Yes I am, but I'm not," she replied. To which, she said, he replied simply: "It'll be alright."


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