Alastair Campbell’s ‘terrible confession’ to Ed Miliband exposed

Alastair Campbell is the former Labour Party spin doctor – Tony Blair’s efficient shadow who had far-reaching influence from 1994-2000, first as Mr Blair’s spokesman and campaign director, followed by Downing Street Press Secretary. Widely considered the driving force behind the “New Labour” movement, Mr Campbell presided over a considerable amount of power.

One of his most notorious contributions to British political history was his assistance in entering the UK into the 2003 Iraq War.

He helped draw up the September Dossier and Iraq Dossier – documents arguing the case for concern over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – which were later proven to be false and based on misinformation.

In recent years, with the rise and eventual fall of the left in the Labour Party, Mr Campbell has taken a back seat in politics, focusing more on campaigning and journalism.

The last guiding involvement he had with the party was advising Ed Miliband during his unsuccessful 2015 election campaign.

In 2018, Mr Campbell interviewed Mr Miliband for GQ, probing him on topics spanning his election defeat, Brexit, and his new podcast.

On asking Mr Miliband – the now Shadow Business Secretary – how he felt in the days, months, and years after the 2015 general election, Mr Miliband attempted to draw parallels to the hit US political drama, the West Wing.

Mr Miliband said: “There were some things I could hang on to, but it was kind of working out what it all meant.

“It’s like in the West Wing, Arnie Vinick, the Republican candidate…,” here, Mr Campbell interjected and admitted that, despite his deep involvement in politics, he had never watched the West Wing.

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Smiling, he said: “I’m going to make a terrible confession: I’ve never watched the West Wing.”

Taken back by the comment, Mr Miliband paused, before continuing: “He’s the Republican candidate and he goes from just losing the election to going to Starbucks the next day, and they say ‘what’s your name?’ and he says ‘Arnie’ and they say ‘coffee for Ernie’.

“He’s forgotten and he’s got a dentist appointment in his diary and that’s about it.

“So it’s slightly like ‘what do I do now?’”


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Shortly after, Mr Campbell dealt Mr Miliband a serious blow when talking about his position in the political world.

He asked: “So, the leader of the Labour Party in our system, if this was football, you have Chelsea, Man City up here, where there is a backbench MP for Doncaster doing a bit of podcasting and trying to stay relevant?”

To this, Mr Miliband replied: “Oh I don’t think I’d make that sort of comparison.

“I’m actually getting quite a lot out of what I’m doing at the moment.”

Prior to the embarrassing moment, Mr Miliband reflected earnestly on his thoughts and feelings in the days and years after his election defeat.

He said: “I think the truth is I felt a sense of shock.

“You’re slightly in shock; you know it’s happened but you’re still trying to work out what it means.

“You feel the burden of leadership has been lifted, I was thinking, I’ve got my family, Justine and the kids.

“So, I knew there was compensation – It was pretty hard.

“You move on I think, I’ve moved on, but it took sort of really a year.

“I think the 2017 general election was an inflection point, a sort of moment of moving on.”

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