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Campbell became a central figure in the handling of the aftermath of Princess Diana 's death, after the head of The Royal Household, the Earl of Airlie , asked Tony Blair to second Campbell to help prepare the funeral, saying they knew it would have to be different. Campbell's character appears in the film The Queen , though he has said most of it was made up. He oversaw Tony Blair's successful general election campaign for re-election and also returned to assist with the successful general election campaign.
These documents argued the case for concern over possible weapons of mass destruction WMDs in Iraq. Both have been criticised as overstating or distorting the actual intelligence findings. Subsequent investigation revealed that the September Dossier had been altered, on Campbell's orders, to be consistent with a speech given by George W. Bush and statements by other United States officials.
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On 9 September , Campbell sent a memo to John Scarlett , the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee , in which Campbell directed that the British dossier be "one that complements rather than conflicts with" the US claims. Later in , commenting on WMDs in Iraq he said, "Come on, you don't seriously think we won't find anything?
David Kelly. Campbell worked again for the Labour Party as Campaign Director in the run-up to their third consecutive victory at the general election. Campbell also acted as an adviser to Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband at the and the general elections. Campbell wrote a column for The Times during the tour.
Throughout his time in Downing Street, Campbell kept a diary which reportedly totalled some two million words. Selected extracts, titled The Blair Years , were published on 9 July Subsequent press coverage of the book's release included coverage of what Campbell had chosen to leave out, particularly in respect of the relationship between Blair and his Chancellor and successor, Gordon Brown.
Campbell expressed an intention to one day publish the diaries in fuller form, and indicated in the introduction to the book that he did not wish to make matters harder for Brown in his new role as Prime Minister, or to damage the Labour Party. In and , he ran a series for The Times newspapers, analysing greatness in sport to answer the question "Who is the greatest sports star of all time?
Campbell later said that he "fell hook, line and sinker" for the Armstrong legend. He subsequently worked with Armstrong, campaigning for cancer charities, but drew criticism from Armstrong's nemesis David Walsh for being so supportive and defending him so passionately. Campbell later said that Walsh had been right.
In , he appeared on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice as project manager, having several clashes with Piers Morgan including his comment of "again? Campbell has his own website and blog, as well as several pages on social networking websites. So far, Campbell's commentaries and views have garnered media attention and generated interest among various online communities. In October , he broadcast the personal story of his mental illness in a television documentary partly to reduce the stigma of that illness. Campbell famously clashed with Adam Boulton on Sky News about the result of the general election, with the latter being reduced to shouting over both Campbell and the show's presenter.
At the opening of the edition, presenter David Dimbleby said that the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition would not allow a frontbench member of the government to appear on the show unless Campbell was dropped.
The BBC refused to do this. The government later accused the BBC of behaving improperly for allowing Campbell to appear as a more in-depth version of his diaries was due to be published the following week, and a Downing Street spokesman told The Guardian , "Campbell seemed to be on because he's flogging a book next week, so the BBC haven't behaved entirely properly here. He suggested the discord was part of a Conservative anti-BBC agenda. Three days later, Laws resigned his post following revelations about possible irregularities in his expenses claims in The Telegraph the day before. He was second-fastest at that time.
The episode was also featured feuding between Campbell and the show's regular participant Ian Hislop. In , Campbell contacted the Metropolitan Police with suspicions that his phone was hacked by the News of the World in Campbell presented and narrated the edition of 20 February of BBC current affairs programme Panorama , which was entitled "Britain's Hidden Alcoholics". Campbell stated that he is an alcoholic, although he has not drunk alcohol since In , Campbell made his first appearance in an acting role with a small part in an episode of the BBC drama Accused.
In an interview with Chat Politics, Campbell declared his regret at not standing at the general election , and admitted he finds it "depressing" that younger people with far more experience of YouTube and Twitter were not ready to carry out his former role. He was appointed Global Ambassador to Australians for Mental Health, a new umbrella organisation fighting for better services. In January , Campbell announced that he was joining British GQ with a brief to conduct interviews with figures from "politics In , he conducted an unprecedented interview with Prince William where the two spoke candidly on the subject of mental health and the prince's late mother Princess Diana.
In March , GQ began to film the interviews to use as part of their digital platform, beginning with an interview with Owen Jones , and then Tony Blair , both of which had tens of thousands of views within days. Campbell later wrote that he had the idea of asking Prince William if he could conduct an interview when the Princes Heads Together charity had asked Campbell and his partner Fiona Millar to make a short film together about how they dealt with Campbell's mental health problems. When Jeremy Corbyn was interviewed for the magazine in late , he did so on the condition that Campbell would not be the interviewer.
He is an occasional presenter for LBC radio, and hit the headlines when his daughter Grace called into a debate on feminism to challenge Campbell's feminist credentials. In May the International Business Times website announced that Campbell had joined them as a columnist. They visited the Isle of Mull where Buchahan grew up and Tiree where Alastair's father was brought up, and where Alastair spent much of his childhood. In March the newspaper The New European announced that it had appointed Campbell as editor-at-large. In May , he announced that he and his daughter Grace, a comedian and feminist activist, had launched a joint podcast, Football, Feminism and Everything In Between ; a series of interviews with figures from politics, sport and other walks of life.
Campbell remains a sought-after public speaker in the UK, the United States and Europe, giving his insights and experience to a wide range of organisations, businesses and conferences. Campbell stated immediately after the UK's referendum on membership to the European Union in June that he thought it was "the worst decision Britain had made in his lifetime" and would do what he could to change people's minds.
In addition to establishing The New European , he was one of the early movers in the People's Vote campaign for a referendum on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. In Campbell became part of the top table team at the People's Vote campaign fighting for a referendum on the Brexit deal.
This included overseeing the production of campaign films including one written by and starring his daughter Grace, called The Brexit Special, for which Campbell persuaded actor Richard Wilson to revive his most famous character, Victor Meldrew. In the autumn of , Campbell worked virtually full-time for the People's Vote campaign, in particular the planning and organisation of a march on Parliament on 20 October, which drew an estimated , people  onto the streets. Campbell persuaded almost 50 celebrities, including Ian McEwan , Patrick Stewart and Steve Coogan , to fund a coach sponsorship scheme to help people travel from around the country for free.
Campbell himself funded a coach from the Burnley area. He oversaw the production of several films, two of them narrated by actor Brian Cox , which were used to promote the event and to deliver a call to action at a rally which followed the march. He persuaded celebrities as varied as Gary Lineker , Patrick Kielty and Delia Smith , all of whom addressed the rally, and singer Olly Alexander and broadcasters Richard Bacon and Mariella Frostrup , who compered the event, to take part.
It was also Campbell's decision that the theme of the rally be youth, with the march led by students, and young speakers from all four nations of the UK taking part alongside senior politicians such as Sadiq Khan and Nicola Sturgeon. The march was described by the media as the second biggest ever, after the protest against the Iraq war in He used the event and a number of high-profile French media interviews to urge the French to be patient with the United Kingdom, and give them a chance to change course and reverse Brexit. He said Macron had been bolder than Tony Blair in setting up a new party and leading it to power within little over a year.
Campbell turned the episode in his life where he dealed with the most serious forms of depression into an award-winning BBC documentary called Cracking Up. It was part of a BBC series drawing attention to different mental health conditions. On 28 May , Campbell announced that he had been expelled from the Labour Party after voting for the Liberal Democrats in that month's European elections , and that he would appeal the decision.
In response, shadow minister Dawn Butler stated that it was common knowledge that voting for another party would result in automatic exclusion. He was a long-standing critic of Labour's Brexit strategy and in the May European elections, he voted Liberal Democrat as a protest vote.
He announced this after the polls had closed in interviews on TV and radio covering the results as they came in. He said he did so, in common with many others, to persuade Labour unequivocally to back a People's Vote. Two days later, by email, he was expelled from the Party, a move which provoked a major media storm in which many other Labour members outed themselves as having voted for parties other than Labour, including Cherie Blair , Charles Clarke , Bob Ainsworth and Betty Boothroyd. He immediately appealed the decision, saying tactical voting was not a breach of the rule under which he had been expelled, and arguing that unless all others who had acted as he did were expelled he also had a case for discrimination.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson condemned the expulsion as "spiteful" and a number of senior MPs immediately called for the decision to be reversed, and an amnesty of all who voted against Labour in the European elections. In July , in the week Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, Campbell penned a 3, word open letter to Jeremy Corbyn saying he no longer wished to be re-admitted to the party, despite legal advice saying he would win a court case against his expulsion.
He called on Corbyn to step down and cited his "failure" on Brexit , antisemitism , broader policy and "above all the failure to develop and execute a strategy".http://leondumoulin.nl/language/history/the-colored-water-fountain.php
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Corbyn said he was "disappointed", prompting Campbell to ask why he had been expelled. Yet despite this, he was asked in late by the Archbishop of Canterbury , Justin Welby , whom Campbell had interviewed for GQ , to contribute to his book on the meaning of Christmas. In August Campbell's older brother, Donald, a schizophrenic , died at the age of 62 due to complications resulting from his illness. Campbell has talked extensively about how Donald, the Principal's official bagpiper at Glasgow University and a competitor in high-level Piobaireachd competitions, had inspired him to fight for better mental health services and understanding, and to become the ambassador for several mental health charities.
When a boy Alastair would go over the county border to Lancashire to watch Burnley F. He was one of the founders of the University College of Football Business , based at Burnley's stadium. Campbell plays the bagpipes to relieve stress in his spare time. In December , a musical project he was involved in won the Community Award at the ' Na Trads ' traditional Scottish music awards. He had played the bagpipes at a concert in Glasgow earlier in the year, staged entirely by musicians with links to Tiree. He is asked if it will be difficult to sack the person he most loves and cherishes replying "I'm not sacking Alastair Campbell".
Tucker is famous for his short fuse and use of very strong language. In an interview with Mark Kermode on BBC2 's The Culture Show , Campbell denied that the two are similar in any relevant way, but admitted to his liberal use of profanities in the workplace.
The interview descended into argument with Campbell accusing the likes of Mark Kermode and the show's creator Armando Iannucci of being responsible for people's cynicism with modern politics. Campbell has published a number of books including seven volumes of memoirs. In February , he wrote, with Paul Fletcher , a novel on football and terrorism in the s, Saturday Bloody Saturday.
The book has a front cover quote from commentator John Motson describing it as "the best football novel I have ever read". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the British writer, campaigner and strategist. For others, see Alistair Campbell. Campbell speaking at Chatham House in Journalist author broadcaster.
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