War Criminal Alastair Campbell plans a comeback as MP
Is Campbell planning a comeback? Former spin doctor could make sensational return as MP
By Tim Shipman
PUBLISHED: 00:20, 2 October 2012 | UPDATED: 00:21, 2 October 2012
Alastair Campbell is considering a sensational comeback to the political front line by becoming an MP.
Tony Blair’s former spin doctor revealed he is actively considering running at the 2015 General Election.
Speaking in an interview at Labour’s conference in Manchester, Mr Campbell revealed that he is under pressure from party activists to stand for Parliament.
‘All I’ll say is, I get a lot of people asking me,’ he said.
‘I do think about it, and I am thinking about it.’
Mr Campbell, who was accused of ‘sexing up’ the Blair government’s ‘dodgy dossier’ on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction – even said he might emulate Ed Balls and Yvette Copper by seeking adjoining constituencies with his partner Fiona Millar, a former aide to Cherie Blair.
When the LBC interviewer told Mr Campbell he ought to ‘persuade Fiona to do it too’, he replied: ‘Both do it? In neighbouring constituencies? Become the new Ed and Yvette…’
He said he has not yet made a final decision because there are nearly three years until the election: ‘I don’t think there’s a fantastic rush.’
Party officials in his home town of Burnley have previously sought to get him to stand but in the past he has always refused.
Some in the party would welcome the return of one of the founding figures of New Labour, while others will think it would be a distraction from Ed Miliband’s efforts to move the party on from the years of division between Blairites and Brownites.
But a source close to Mr Miliband last night welcomed the prospect, saying: ‘Alastair Campbell is a good Labour Party man. I’m sure many local parties would love to have him as their candidate.’