Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson* PC. Known as The Prince of Darkness, The Dark Lord, The Dark Prince, Darth Mandelson and Mandy. While working hidden behind the scenes, he was largely responsible for his (previously losing) party's victory in '97, updating its image to appeal to the electorate, and covertly running the campaign from a 'tiny office with a three-legged chair, propped up by books'. While the Labour government was in power he always maneuvered himself into positions of massive influence, simply by not wanting to have the top job. He was forced to resign twice for scandals that he was embroiled in, but he's such a useful figure that he always ends up coming back. The second time he resigned, he became among the most powerful men in the EU Commission. When his tenure came to an end, the government brought him back yet again, and he ran the country behind the scenes, collecting titles and government departments to add to his power. The position he held meant nobody could question his political actions unless he allowed them. His last title while in government was The Right Honourable the Baron Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, First Secretary of State, Lord President of the Privy Council and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He took a seat in the Lords basically because everyone realised that there was hardly a constituency in the country that could be relied upon to elect him—not even Labour safe seats. Even after his party's eventual third term defeat in 2010, people are still whispering rumours of his comeback, such is the power of the myth behind the man. As of his latest return to government, before the 2010 election, a member of the House of Lords. Along with the more overtly belligerent Alastair Campbell (a later addition to the team), one of New Labour's most prominent spin doctors. Like Boris Johnson, whom he otherwise does not much resemble, a prime example of Reality Is Unrealistic. Interestingly, Mandelson is also the grandson of Herbert Morrison, a prominent Labour cabinet minister of the 1940s. In the Blood?
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