Mandelson? High Steward of Hull? Nobody consulted John Prescott
News that Peter Mandelson is being offered a new role as High Steward of Hull, a post dating from Tudor times, came as a surprise to John Prescott when it was first announced the date before yesterday. The former Deputy Prime Minister was a Hull MP for 40 years, whose bumpy relations with Peter Mandelson were one of the ongoing dramas of the Blair years, during which Prescott resolutely refused to pronounce his rival’s name properly, always calling him ‘Mendelson’. He wrote what he says is a ‘private and confidential’ letter to the leader of Hull Council wanting to know what was going on.
But Prescott has left behind enemies as well as friend in Hull since quitting the Commons. One of the former leaked the letter’s existence to the Yorkshire Post, implying that it was a “don’t you know who I am?” type of letter, bursting with an angry sense of entitlement, which had those who read it “rolling about on the floor laughing”.
“This is bollocks,” someone close to Lord Prescott retorts. “There was no sense of entitlement, he was just wanting clarification.” Lord Prescott is not interested in adding ‘High Steward of Hull’ to his various titles.
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