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Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Former advisor to Tony Blair
Language : English

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Alastair Campbell was born in Yorkshire in 1957. He went to Cambridge University in 1975, where he graduated four years later with a degree in Modern Languages. His university education included a year in France when he had his first "journalism" published articles on sex in Forum Magazine. He also busked around the world with his bagpipes. Finally he decided to become a journalist and worked at the Mirror Group on local newspapers in the West Country before joining the Mirror newspaper in 1982. He left in the mid 80’s to work for Eddy Shah's Today newspaper as news editor but suffered a nervous breakdown and left to return to the Mirror after convalescence. He rose to become political editor and the paper's chief political columnist. He then worked briefly for Today under new ownership in 1994 before being asked by Tony Blair to be his press secretary when Mr Blair became leader of the Labour Party. He was his advisor for three years, and played a key role helping to create a new image for the New Labour and return the Party to power.

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Alastair Campbell was born in Yorkshire in 1957. He went to Cambridge University in 1975, where he graduated four years later with a degree in Modern Languages. His university education included a year in France when he had his first "journalism" published articles on sex in Forum Magazine. He also busked around the world with his bagpipes. Finally he decided to become a journalist and worked at the Mirror Group on local newspapers in the West Country before joining the Mirror newspaper in 1982. He left in the mid 80’s to work for Eddy Shah's Today newspaper as news editor but suffered a nervous breakdown and left to return to the Mirror after convalescence. He rose to become political editor and the paper's chief political columnist. He then worked briefly for Today under new ownership in 1994 before being asked by Tony Blair to be his press secretary when Mr Blair became leader of the Labour Party. He was his advisor for three years, and played a key role helping to create a new image for the New Labour and return the Party to power.

After the 1997 election he became the Prime Minister's Chief Press Secretary and Official Spokesman, which entailed the co-ordination of Government communications and twice daily briefings of the press. After helping Mr. Blair won the second landslide election, he became Director of Communications and Strategy. He resigned in September 2003 saying it had been an enormous privilege to work for Mr. Blair but he wanted to focus more on his personal life.

Since resigning, Alastair has been focused on making speeches, writing, working for his charity as chairman of fundraising and continues to advise the Prime Minister informally. He returned to the Labour Party for six months prior to the 2005 general election.

Besides this, he has presented a series of TV interviews for Channel Five, who’s interviewed included President Clinton, Peter Mandelson, Bono and US cyclist Lance Armstrong. He also writes about sports for The Times, the Irish Times and Esquire magazine.

During his time in Downing Street he was involved in all the major policy issues and international crises. He has said that in ten years in the media, and a decade in politics, he has seen his respect for the media fall and his respect for politics rise. He is a sought after speaker at events around the world, specialising in strategic communications. 

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The Blair Years

Charts the rise of New Labour and the years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing a record of a decade in Britain's national life. This book covers the crises and scandals, the rows and resignations, the ups and downs of Britain's hothouse politics. It is a story of politics, of progress and setback and of reputations made and destroyed.
 

ISBN: 978-18-465-7128-2
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