Draper on the rise with Sunday show

Having retired from lobbying seven years ago, when he was caught bragging about his intimacy with 'the 17 people who count in this government', former Mandy aide Derek Draper's profile is seriously on the rise.

Since The Observer broke the story in 1998, Draper has started going to church, qualified as a psychotherapist and opened his own practice.

But in September he joined the likes of Jordan and Peter Andre when his wedding to GMTV's Kate Garraway featured on the front page of OK! He's been in Heat and has a regular column in new women's magazine Psychologies.

Last Saturday he was the subject of a cover feature in The Guardian's Weekend magazine, which revealed Draper was drawing on his political contacts once more to present an ITV politics show with Garraway. The programme - which will replace Jonathan Dimbleby's axed interview show - will be broadcast on Sundays.

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