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Monday 30 May 2016

'Grey' Prescott told wife of affair

Published 07/02/2010

Pauline Prescott revealed how her husband John told her he had an affair
Pauline Prescott revealed how her husband John told her he had an affair
John Prescott had an affair with his diary secretary

John Prescott's wife has told of the dramatic moment she found out her husband had had an affair.

Pauline Prescott said the then deputy prime minister sat her down in their bedroom and confessed: "I've had an affair," warning her it would be all over the newspapers the next day.

In her autobiography - serialised in the Mail on Sunday - Mrs Prescott said her husband "looked terrible" and "his skin was grey" after the revelation, while she felt "sick to her stomach".

Labour Party stalwart Mr Prescott revealed he had had a two-year fling with his diary secretary Tracey Temple, who was 24 years his junior, but that it had finished a while ago.

After his confession on April 27, 2006, newspapers famously published a picture of the Cabinet member lifting Ms Temple off her feet and into his arms.

That night the MP for Hull East told his wife of 45 years they should both leave for Dorneywood, the government residence he used at the time, as "all hell was going to break loose".

In her book Mrs Prescott, 70, wrote how she then exploded in anger and said: "I'm not going anywhere!

"You go. I'm staying. I've done nothing wrong."

She then told him to "just go", after which he left the room and drove off from the house.

Mrs Prescott - who has reportedly been paid £320,000 for her memoir - eventually took her husband back but said she had not forgiven him.

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