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Timeline: Prescott's problems
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has suffered a troubled year - here is how it unfolded.

28 APRIL

Mr Prescott admits having an affair with his diary secretary, Tracey Temple as the Daily Mirror splashes photos of them cavorting together at a Whitehall party.

30 APRIL

Ms Temple publishes her diary of the affair in a Sunday newspaper, with Mr Prescott saying many of her recollections are "simply untrue". Sir Alistair Graham, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, says there are questions about whether Mr Prescott broke the ministerial code.

1 MAY

Labour backbencher Stephen Pound says Mr Prescott should consider his position and says news of his affair is causing "huge problems" for Labour in the run-up to the local elections.

2 MAY

Conservative leader David Cameron says Mr Prescott "clearly looks a fool" and has a "woeful record" in office.

4 MAY

Mr Prescott's department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, promises significant changes after criticism of bullying and discrimination. In a staff survey last year, one in 10 workers claimed to have been victimised and 22% had witnessed some form of unfair treatment of colleagues.

5 MAY

Labour suffers heavy losses at the local elections and in the ensuing reshuffle Mr Prescott is stripped of his department but keeps his Cabinet job, his 133,000 a year salary and his two grace-and-favour homes.

8 MAY

Tony Blair defends Mr Prescott's new role, saying Willie Whitelaw and Michael Heseltine performed a similar role as deputy prime minister.

28 MAY

The Mail on Sunday publishes photos of Mr Prescott playing croquet with staff at his grace-and-favour country residence, Dorneywood, while Mr Blair is away on an overseas trip.

30 MAY

More Labour backbenchers question Mr Prescott's position, with Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Derek Wyatt saying it is not tenable for him to keep his official residences or chairmanship of Cabinet committees.

31 MAY

Mr Prescott gives up his official country residence, saying: "I have accepted that my continued use of Dorneywood is getting in the way of doing my job in government."

28 JUNE

The Conservatives claim Mr Prescott costs taxpayers 2m a year - using figures from parliamentary answers and reports on wages paid to his staff.

1 JULY

The newspapers reveal that Mr Prescott visited the ranch Philip Anschutz, the owner of the Dome who is bidding for the UK's first super casino to be located there. Mr Prescott says the visit was during a nine-day official trip to the US and he was discussing a film about former Hull MP William Wilberforce.

3 JULY

The Conservatives complain that Mr Prescott may have broken MPs rules and the ministerial code, as he did not register his stay with Mr Anschutz. Sports Minister Richard Caborn rubbishes the claims in the Commons and says Mr Prescott has no responsibility for planning casinos.

4 JULY

Parliament's standards watchdog, Sir Philip Mawer, says he is making preliminary inquiries about whether he needs to investigate. Mr Prescott writes to the Tories saying he met Mr Anschutz seven times over three years but denies discussing either the sale of the Dome or casino licences.

5 JULY

Mr Prescott declares his stay with Mr Anschutz in the MPs' register, although says he does not actually need to as it was an official trip and was covered entirely by public funds.




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