Prescott, John was born on May 31, 1938. Son of John Herbert and Phyllis Prescott.
Diploma in economics and political science, Ruskin College, Oxford, England. Bachelor of Science in Economics, Hull University.
Steward Passenger Lines, Merchant Navy, 1955-1963. Recruitment officer General & Municipal Workers Union, 1965. Official National Union of Seamen, 1968-1970.
Parliamentary private secretary to secretary of state for trade British Parliament, 1974—1976, opposition spokesman on transport, 1979-1981, opposition front bench spokesman regional affairs and devolution, 1981-1983, spokesman on transport, 1983-1984, 88-93, spokesman on employment, 1984-1987, 93-94, spokesman on energy, 1987-1988, member shadow cabinet, since 1983, member Nippon Electric Corporation, Labour Party, since 1989, deputy leader Labour Party, since 1994. Deputy prime minister, secretary state for environmental, transport, regions Government of United Kingdom, 1997—2001. Deputy prime minister, 1st secretary state Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2001—2007.
Member select committee Nationalized Industries, 1973-1979, Council of Europe, 1973-1975, European Parliament, 1975-1979, leader Labour Party Delaware, 1976-1979.