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Tuesday's Connector: Alastair Campbell

May 26th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Alastair Campbell is the highest profile press secretary that Britain’s ever seen.

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Tony Blair made Campbell his official spokesman right after winning the Labour leadership battle in 1994. For the decade in government, Campbell was Blair’s right hand man.

He was even called to testify at the Iraq Inquiry about Blair’s decision to invade.

His cunning campaigning led the Labour party to a landslide election win in 1997 and again in 2001, by which time Campbell was the government’s director of communications.

Campbell came a long way to reach the top.

The son of a Scottish vet, his first job was writing pornographic stories for men’s magazine Forum.

He crossed over to more serious subject matter as a correspondent for "The Daily Mirror," eventually rising to political editor.

As the only major Labour backer, "The Daily Mirror" gave Campbell the perfect chance to build up party contacts.

Despite quitting involvement in the government in 2003, Campbell just couldn’t keep away from politics.

He published a tell-all diary about his time in office called "The Blair Years" in 2007 and campaigned for the Labour party in the latest general election.

Next month, Campbell will come out with a new, unedited version of his life in the Labour party from 1994 to 1997 in a new book.

We want to know what you think so send in your questions to the sultan of spin, Alastair Campbell.

Please leave your questions below and remember to tell us where you're writing from.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Alastair John Campbell and CNN friends,

    What needs to be done to implement and maintain Peace in the Government of the United Kingdom? What is your opinion on the euro(the official currency of the European Union) and the pound(the currency of the United Kingdom)?

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    May 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  2. Keira

    I'd like to know,

    Do you think people have become more savvy to PR tactics from politician and to what extent does the public buy what a politician is saying?

    How far would you go to convey a message? As a PR person myself, I'm very familiar w/ how far some people will go to put their message out there.

    Thank you much!


    May 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  3. john

    Given the enormous contribution that you have made to rebuilding and sustaining the Labour party, why is that the majority of the press continually attack you?

    May 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  4. Paul

    Do you think the Obama campaign in 08 influenced the way parties ran in the recent UK election?

    What advice would you give people in managing depression, and how are you doing with maintaining your mental health at the moment?

    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    May 31, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  5. Chris Fisher

    Does David Cameron have an Alistair Campbell? And if not , is that why the Conservatives didn't win a majority?

    May 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  6. Martin

    What did the British Government think of the U.S. failing to openly support the UK over the Falklands issue and what's the current stance of the BG over the 'special relationship'?.

    Martín Gonzalez

    June 1, 2010 at 2:16 am | Reply
  7. Jon Dean

    Q1. Have you ever told the truth?
    Q2. Did it take you as long to destroy the Labour Party as you thought it would?

    June 1, 2010 at 6:00 am | Reply
  8. David

    From a Scottish ex-PR practioner -

    When you felt the PM was heading the wrong way on an important issue, how often and how hard did you try to change his mind rather than just putting your shoulder to his wheel?

    Vienna, Austria

    June 1, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
  9. Nangyalay Khan

    Hi Alistair,
    Would have been different election results if Blair was in for Brown in 2010?

    From Pakhtunkhwa

    June 1, 2010 at 10:46 am | Reply
  10. Chris Fisher

    I know you have had some personal difficulties with depression , yet have acheived so much. Do you have any advice for others who may be restrained by mental illnesses, yet capable of achieving highly also?

    June 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply

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