Blair adviser Derek Scott dies aged 65
Thursday 02 August 2012
Tony Blair's former economic adviser, who became one of earliest chroniclers of the then Prime Minister's bitter battles with Gordon Brown, has died aged 65.
Derek Scott, who witnessed the feuds between Mr Blair and Mr Brown and revealed that the Chancellor kept his Budgets secret from the Prime Minister, was an important figure in New Labour, returning to the party following a spell in the SDP in the 1980s.
Despite his closeness to Mr Blair, he failed to be selected for a seat at the 1997 election and was instead appointed economic adviser – a post he held until 2003.
Increasingly Eurosceptic, after leaving Downing Street Mr Scott became one of the leading Labour protagonists against Britain's involvement in further EU integration.
He often worked in collaboration with the Labour MP and former minister Gisela Stuart, whom he later married.
He was also a prominent critic of Gordon Brown's suitability to become Prime Minister, predicting before the financial crash some of the future economic problems.
Latest in News
From the blogs
Dr Ron Schultz, professor and chair of pathological sciences at The University of Wisconsin, joined ...
What a wonderful way to end this momentous series in the 50th year of Doctor Who. From the start of ...
The UK Independence Party is on 19 per cent, the highest share recorded by any pollster, in a ComRes...
I know Dan Lepard nabbed it first for his wonderful book on baking but I’m eternally jealous, as it ...
Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
World news in pictures
David Cameron goes to war with newspapers over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
Revealed: Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 David Cameron goes to war with newspapers over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£350 - £500 per day: Progressive Recruitment: Project Manager - Public Sector ...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: HR Manager Independe...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Huxley Associates: INTERIM HR MANAGER - ...