Byline: SIMON WALTERS
JOHNPRESCOTT'S hopes of saving his political career appeared to be shattered last night after the sensational diaries of his former mistress Tracey Temple revealed how he abused his position as Deputy Prime Minister.
Ms Temple discloses today how they had sex in his Whitehall office the way Monica Lewinksy had with Bill Clinton in the White House Oval Office - a scandal that led to the US President facing impeachment.
And Tony Blair was dragged into the crisis after Ms Temple claimed she turned down a job at No 10 at the start of her two-year affair with Mr Prescott. The Prime Minister now faces having to reconsider fending off calls for Mr Prescott to resign after a series of damaging new revelations, including: . How he cheated on wife Pauline 20 years ago with Labour Parliamentary candidate Sarah Bissett-Scott and now faces claims that he has had a string of lovers during his career at the top of the Labour Party.
. How Ms Temple moved in with Mr Prescott's Whitehall spin doctor, making it easier for her to carry on her affair with Mr Prescott.
. How he took Ms Temple to the Iraq War Memorial Service at St Paul's Cathedral attended by the Queen and leading politicians - then went straight back to his grace-and-favour flat in Admiralty House and had sex.
. How they had sex in a Southampton hotel and then went downstairs to join Pauline, who was with them on an official trip, for dinner.
. How she was ferried about by Government drivers in the small hours, and: .
How support for Mr Prescott has crumbled among Labour MPs who say he has become a massive liability.
But the most damaging revelations come in Ms Temple's explosive diaries published in today's Mail on Sunday. Tory MPs said they provide conclusive evidence to reinforce their demand for an official inquiry into whether he abused his position.
Ms Temple's claim to have performed a sex act on Mr Prescott in his Whitehall office was greeted with disbelief and revulsion from MPs of all parties. 'I cannot believe John Prescott could do such a thing, ' said one Labour MP. 'If he did, I can't see how he can remain as Deputy PM. It's too appalling for words.' The disclosures could not have come at a worse time for Mr Blair.
Labour, fearing humiliation at this week's Town Hall elections, is reeling from crises on all fronts.
The picture of gross incompetence left by Home Secretary Charles Clarke's failure to deport foreign convicts is mirrored by Ms Temple's image of chaos at Mr Prescott's Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which is in charge of local councils, housing and regional affairs.
Her diaries give the impression that it was nothing unusual for Mr Prescott's staff to get drunk at office parties, some attended by Mr Prescott himself, and turn up for work with raging hangovers. …