Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Double Blow for Two Jags

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Double Blow for Two Jags

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. Internet reports of two more affairs

. He is accused over trip to casino

JOHN PRESCOTT is facing two fresh blows today.

His claim that he has no role in gambling policy was seriously undermined by revelations that he went on an official visit to a casino.

The Deputy Prime Minister was also named on websites alleging two more adulterous affairs.

The Standard can reveal that Mr Prescott officially toured a casino in Australia despite his claims that he is not involved in new gaming centres planned for Britain.

He is already facing the prospect of an investigation by the parliamentary standards commissioner after he stayed free of charge at the US ranch of Philip Anschutz.

The tycoon is seeking to turn the Millennium Dome into the country's first super-casino.

It emerged today that Mr Prescott toured Sydney's Star City Casino during a government trip which was recorded in the official list of ministers' overseas travel as a "regeneration site visit".

In reply to a freedom of information request from the Conservativeshis office confirmed he visited the casino. His officials said: "On 28 November 2004, while the Deputy Prime Minister was in Sydney on official business, he visited Sydney's Star City Casino, to get a feel for what an establishment of that size was like.

"He was shown around by a government relations officer at the casino."

In a second blow to his political credibility, two web diaries linked to Tory supporters named a Labour MP as Mr Prescott's mistress, an allegation he and the woman deny.

There were also claims that he had an affair with another diary secretary who is now a diplomat.

Earlier this year Mr Prescott faced intense embarrassment and came under pressure to resign over lurid revelations of his affair with his diary secretary Tracey Temple. …

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