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Tuesday's Connector of the Day – Charlie Whelan

April 6th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

On the surface, Charlie Whelan is currently the political director of Unite, Britain's biggest trade union and  the group behind the recent British Airways strikes.

Dig a little deeper and you will discover that he's one of the Prime Minister's closest confidantes.

He rose to political prominence as Gordon Brown's spokesman in the 1990s, when the now PM was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Since resigning that post in 1999, Charlie Whelan has forged himself a career in the media, writing regularly for The Guardian newspaper.

A man with plenty of experience of UK electioneering, with knowledge of what goes on behind the famous black door of Number 10 Downing Street, Charlie Whelan will almost certainly be close to the heart of the Labour Party's current campaign.

So here's your chance to put your questions to Charlie Whelan.

Perhaps you'd like to know if he thinks Labour has what it takes this time around, or if the challenge posed by David Cameron's Conservatives means there will be a changing of the guard at Downing Street?

Which policies will bring voters to the ballot box?

Leave your questions and comments below, and we'll use the best ones in Tuesday's program.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Christian

    Im happy for him.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  2. lily

    Why do you think that Labor has sunk so much recently in the Polls? what do they have to do in the next month to stand a real chance? Do you blame Brown or Blair more?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  3. Jason lu from london

    It's all about Iraq isn't?
    If Blair hadn't played alongw ith Bush's policies than labor would still have credibility.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  4. Aminu Abdullahi Abubakar

    what justification does the prime minister"s party has for continuation of war in iraq. and how can the war help his party to comeback to power.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  5. Zac

    What do you believe will happen in the event of a hung parliment? Do you believe the SNP will do well as they tout for a scottish referendum for independence? Do you fear that low turnout will cause right-wing minority parites like the BNP to do well in the election?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  6. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Charles Alexander James Whelan and CNN friends.

    What is your opinion on the current working conditions in the United Kingdom?
    What in the United Kingdom do you love?

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    April 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  7. Omar Majied!

    How did you see Islam as a journalist!! And wat do u think of islam phobia among non muslim! Thank you!

    April 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  8. Omar Majied!

    And how do you see 600 fatwa given by influential islamic scholar Pr.Dr. Muhammad tahir ul qadri aganist 'terrorism and sucide bombing' in making peace and good image of islam! Thank you

    April 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  9. Idris hadji

    Considerin the current global recession and the economic do u think the SNP can bring back things to normal

    April 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  10. Thomas Sullivan

    To what extent can the Liberal Democrats impact this election?
    Under what circumstances would they perform best?

    April 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  11. okey p nwokike

    whether democrat or rep my problem is how can you solve the ethnic problem in nigeria

    April 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  12. Aminu Ibrahim. Amzeey

    You soppose to vote for every one whom you expected to bring joy happiness and economic development of your country and the world as a whole.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  13. Ashiru U gabasawa

    Soppose to give your vote to a man who know how leadership, lead his people to a better greatness.thanks cnn connect friends.

    April 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply

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