Ed Miliband has handed former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott a return to frontline politics in the run-up to the general election as a key adviser on climate change.
The Labour leader said that he wanted to exploit Lord Prescott's experience in negotiating the landmark Kyoto Protocol in the run-up to a crucial United Nations summit in Paris at the end of the year.
Despite his reputation as one of the most tribal of Labour politicians, he said he was prepared to work with the current coalition government in order to try to get a deal in Paris.
The son of former Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has been selected to contest the Tory- held seat of Gainsborough in next May's general election.
44 year-old David Prescott has previously failed to be selected as Labour candidate in Greenwich and Woolwich and his father's constituency of Hull East.
Gainsborough has been represented since 1984 by Conservative Sir Edward Leigh, who had a majority of more than ten thousand at the last election.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and former Hull graduate of Economics and Economic History, Lord Prescott, has been given an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the university.
The former Hull MP said there had been a "complete disregard" for the conditions of the stewards, who were forced to sleep in the cold under London Bridge in the early hours of Sunday morning during the jubilee celebrations.
The Labour peer warned the incident could set the tone for the treatment of workers during the Olympics. He said Home Secretary Theresa May should look at the conditions of employment by companies like Close Protection UK, who provided stewards during the weekend.
The unpaid labourers were brought in as part of the Government's Work Programme, under which unemployed jobseekers must take up placements in order to continue receiving benefits.