Derek Draper was born on August 15, 1967 in Chorley, Lancashire.
He attended Runshaw College, Leyland, before pursuing further education at the University of Manchester.
During his political career as a lobbyist and a political adviser, he was also a researcher for Labor Minister Peter Mandelson.
By the end of the 90s he was also involved in the world of print journalism, working as the political editor of the Modern Review.
In 2009, he founded his own blog, the LabourList, but later stepped down as editor-in-chief following a scandal over leaked emails.
On 23 August 2019, Derek decided to withdraw his Labor membership after 25 years.