Inside Derek Draper’s forgotten political career – from ‘lobbygate’ scandal to controversial blog


Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek airs tonight (February 22) on ITV. The hour-long program will follow Kate and husband Derek Draper as they learn to adjust to their new normal in the wake of Derek’s extensive coronavirus battle.

As a follow-up to Finding Derek, Kate’s award-winning 2021 documentary, Caring for Derek will pick up from when Derek returned home in April 2021. It will then follow Kate and her family in the run-up to the last Christmas.

Although he left the world of politics to retrain as a psychologist, Derek was previously a fairly well-known political figure due to his work with the Labor Party.

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Derek began his political career in 1990. He first worked as Nick Brown’s constituency secretary before becoming a researcher for Hartlepool MP Peter Mandelson two years later.

In 1996 he became a lobbyist, during which time he served as director of GPC Market Access and helped set up the new Progress work organization. However, his reputation took a hit after it was discovered that he was involved in the 1998 ‘lobbygate’ scandal.

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Derek was filmed talking with Jonathan Mendelsohn about selling access to government ministers and creating tax breaks for their clients. Derek’s comments, which were made to undercover reporter Greg Palast, leaked to the press and led to Derek being fired as a columnist for the Daily Express.

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper married in 2005

He then took a political break before launching LabourList, which he both founded and edited, in January 2009. The website had several high-profile contributors, including Piers Morgan and Peter Mandelson, and occasionally criticized the Labor Party , despite its name. .

However, just months after the launch of LabourList, Derek was forced to resign from his role as editor. Gordon Brown’s special adviser, Damian McBride, had suggested starting a blog as part of a smear campaign against some of the leading Conservative politicians of the day.

Derek’s response that the idea was “absolutely totally brilliant” leaked to the press and less than six months after the site launched, he quit.

At the time, he said: “I regret having received the infamous email and I regret my stupid and hasty response. I should have said straight away that the idea was wrong.”

Since giving up his political career, Derek has turned to the profession of author and psychologist. He has published books such as Create Space, Life Support and Free Yourself From Your Past.

Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek airs Tuesday, February 22 at 9 p.m. on ITV and ITV Hub

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