It seems that John Prescott has kept his grand office of the First Lord of the Admiralty, despite losing his job and his department. The office was the scene of his steamy affair with his diary secretary, Tracey Temple. Despite losing his department to Ruth Kelly, John Prescott has kept his hands on his private office in the Admiralty building of 26 Whitehall. The rest of the building continues to be used by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Ruth Kelly, who should have rights on the office, has been snubbed and forced to run her private office from Eland House, located away from Whitehall near Victoria station.
The beleaguered Deputy Prime Minister is even using Ruth Kelly’s press officers to fire-fight the ongoing public controversy about him. His grand office is located in the Ripley building, completed in 1726, and which has historically been the office of the First Lord of the Admiralty. Mr Prescott and Miss Temple used the private office to conduct their affair, often with the door open – in breach of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s official rulebook. Oliver Heald, Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs & the Cabinet Office, said: “Despite being stripped of his department, John Prescott is desperately clinging onto his perks. Like David Brent, he’s been sacked from his job but he’s still hanging around his old office. Whilst our health service is in crisis and foreign criminals roam the streets, Labour ministers seem fixated with the trappings of power.” The information about Prescott's 'squat' was revealed in parliamentary answers to Oliver Heald.