Two Jags is No Jags: Lord Prescott sells the last of his beloved Jaguar cars – and cuts down on his fish suppers – to curb his carbon footprint ahead of his visit to COP26
- Lord John Prescott sold the last of his Jaguar cars to cut his carbon footprint
- Former deputy prime minister also cut down on amount of fish and chips
- He said he is ‘no jags’ Prescott after selling his motors ahead of COP26 visit
‘Two Jags’ Lord John Prescott has sold the last of his favourite cars in a bid to cut his carbon footprint.
The former deputy prime minister, 83, now keeps a zero car household despite spending decades attached to the Jaguar brand.
Lord Prescott, who once bragged about owning one of ‘every kind of Jag’ bar one, has also cut down on the amount of fish and chips he eats.
He said he is now ‘no jags’ Prescott after selling the last of his motors ahead of a visit to the COP26 climate summit.
In a column for the Times Red Box he wrote: ‘I’ve made my own small contribution to cutting carbon emissions. I’ve sold my Jaguar. I am now Zero Jags.’
Following a period of ill health – he was admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary on June 21, 2019, after suffering a stroke – Lord Prescott will mark his return to public life with a trip to the climate summit.
Lord John Prescott (pictured in 2018), 83, now keeps a zero car household despite spending decades attached to the Jaguar brand
He has warned Boris Johnson any pledges made by world leaders during the talks are not going far enough to curb carbon emissions.
Lord Prescott was once environment secretary and led EU negotiations when developed nations agreed binding climate targets in 1997.
He said emissions have to fall 7.6 percent every year during 2031 to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5C.
His own efforts to cut carbon footprint has seen the former parliamentarian convert to only eating potatoes sourced within an hour of Hull restaurant Papa’s – which also uses energy efficient friars.
In 2019, Lord Prescott’s relatives posted a statement on his Twitter account reading: ‘John was taken to hospital last Friday after suffering a stroke.
He said emissions have to fall 7.6 percent every year during 2031 to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5C. Pictured, Lord Prescott gets out of a Jaguar in Hull
‘We would like to praise the swift actions of the ambulance staff and the doctors and nurses at Hull Royal Infirmary’s A&E and stroke unit.’
Before joining the House of Lords in 2010, Prescott was Hull East’s Labour MP for 40 years.
For 10 years he served as deputy Prime Minister under Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007, announcing his resignation within half an hour of Blair handing in his notice.
A former trade union activist, the Prestatyn-born politician took up the job after Labour’s 1997 general election landslide.
During much of that time, he acted as a go-between in the often turbulent relationship between Mr Blair and chancellor Gordon Brown.
Lord Prescott is pictured arriving at Downing Street in 2006. He said he is now ‘no jags’ Prescott after selling the last of his motors ahead of a visit to the COP26 climate summit
While a loyal supporter of Blair in office, in more recent years he became critical of elements of New Labour’s legacy and denounced Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War.
He has strongly defended Jeremy Corbyn in the face of fierce criticism by other figures from the New Labour era.
As well as a love of luxury cars, Prescott is well known for his temper.
He once punched protester Craig Evans in Rhyl, North Wales, after he threw an egg at him.
No police charges were brought against him but both men were questioned by police.
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