Derek Draper was a was aprominent figure in New Labour (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
‘Derek was surrounded by his family in his final days and I was by his side holding his hand throughout the last long hours and when he passed,’ she wrote.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 56, who shares children Darcey and Billy with Draper, added that she was ‘so lucky to have you in my life.’
Before marrying Kate in 2005, Derek had a long career in politics and was aprominent figure in New Labour, starting as the constituency secretary for Labour MP Nick Brown in 1990.
Derek Draper dead at 56: Sign the book of condolence
Derek suffered from serious complications after contracting Covid in 2020.
He worked for MPs and was later the director of a lobbying firm (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
Draper founded an organisation to assist Blair’s ascent to prime minister (Picture: Alan Davidson/Shutterstock)
Two years later, he left the position to work as a researcher for then-Hartlepool MP Peter Mandelson and later became the director of a lobbying firm called GPC Market Access.
While working at GPC Market Acces, Draper set up the Progress organisation, which was founded to support the leadership of Tony Blair, with Liam Byrne, who went on to become an MP.
His career in politics, however, came to an end after he was embroiled in the so-called ‘cash-for-access’ scandal, dubbed ‘lobbygate.’
His career in politics ended after he became embroiled in the ‘lobbygate’ scandal (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
After quitting politics, he retrained as a psychotherapist (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
It happened in 1998 when he was caught on tape with fellow lobbyist Jonathan Mendelsohn boasting to an undercover reporter posing as a businessman about how they could sell access to government ministers and create tax breaks for their clients.
During this time, Draper also worked as the political editor of the Modern Review, a columnist for the Daily Express, and a presenter on Talk Radio UK. He was sacked from the Express following the scandal.
After leaving politics, Draper went to California, US, where he obtained an MA in clinical psychology and became a psychotherapist.
Back in the UK, he practised as a therapist and also wrote an occasional column for the Mail on Sunday newspaper on psychotherapy issues and monthly columns in the magazines’ Psychologies and Therapy Today.
In 2008, Draper made a brief return to British politics where he worked as an unpaid adviser to Ray Collin, the then General Secretary of the Labour Party.
The following year, he founded and edited the LabourList website, which included Piers Morgan among contributors, and later resigned after it emerged he was planning to post false rumours about the private lives of prominent Tory politicians.
Draper suffered long-term consequences after contracting Covid (Picture: Pool/Getty Images)
Announcing his death on Instagram, Kate wrote: ‘As some of you may know he has been critically ill following a cardiac arrest in early December which, because of the damage inflicted by Covid in March 2020, led to further complications.
‘Derek was surrounded by his family in his final days and I was by his side holding his hand throughout the last long hours and when he passed.’
In December, it was reported on GMB that he was in ‘a very serious condition’ after suffering a heart attack.
Kate also wrote: ‘I have so much more to say, and of course I will do so in due course, but for now I just want to thank all the medical teams who fought so hard to save him and to make his final moments as comfortable and dignified as possible.
‘Sending so much love and thanks to all of you who have so generously given our family so much support. Rest gently and peacefully now Derek, my love, I was so lucky to have you in my life.’
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