Derek Draper funeral latest: Kate Garraway lays husband to rest after heartbreaking Covid battle – with TV stars and politicians set to attend

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.

Derek Draper, a former aide to minister without portfolio Peter Mandelson, is leaving his north London home today (Tuesday) after flying back to Britain late last night from a holiday in Italy when he heard that his firm, GPC Market Access , suspended him amid allegations that he gave market-sensitive information about government spending plans to a US investment bank.  See PA story POLITICS Lobbyists.  Photo by Tony Harris/PA.

On 23 August 2019, Derek decided to withdraw his Labor membership after 25 years.