Alastair Campbell Keynote Speaker

  • Tony Blair’s Director of Communications & Strategy
  • Writer, communicator and strategist
  • Author of hugely popular diaries

Alastair Campbell's Biography

Alastair Campbell is a keynote speaker, a writer, a communicator and a strategist.  Alastair is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s communications guru. He now splits his time between writing, speaking at conferences, charitable fundraising and politics.

After a career in journalism, Alastair became Tony Blair’s press secretary in 1994. He played a key role helping to create New Labour and return it to power. After the 1997 election he became Blair’s Chief Press Secretary and Official Spokesman, co-ordinating Government communications and briefing the press twice daily. After the second election victory, he became Director of Communications & Strategy. He resigned in September 2003.  During his time in Downing Street, Alastair was involved in all the major policy issues and international crises. He has said that, in ten years in the media and another ten in politics, he saw his respect for the media fall and his respect for politics rise.

Alastair is the author of several books including the upcoming But What Can I Do? Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It (2023) and Sunday Times Bestseller, Winners: And How They Succeed (2016).  In 2012, Alastair published the third volume of his diaries, covering the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. The first instalment, The Blair Years, was an instant Sunday Times number one best-seller. He has written three novels, the first of which, All In The Mind (2008) is currently being made into a TV production. Alastair features regularly as a commentator for the Huffington Post, and in January 2012 he published The Happy Depressive, a personal essay on happiness, depression and the politics of well being.

He co-hosts popular podcast The Rest is Politics with Rory Stewart, and together they lift the lid on the secrets of Westminster, as two men who have been at the heart of the political world.  Together they also host spin-off podcast, Leading, in which they interview some of the world’s biggest names both inside and outside of politics.

As an ambassador for the Time to Change charity, Alastair helps campaign to change attitudes to mental illness.

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Videos of Alastair Campbell

Chartwell Bites - Alastair Campbell
Chartwell Bites - Alastair Campbell
Politics, the People and the Press (2013)
Politics, the People and the Press (2013)
Alastair Campbell, Political Strategist and
Alastair Campbell, Political Strategist and "Mind" Ambassador
MPs should open up about Mental Health (2012)
MPs should open up about Mental Health (2012)

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Books by Alastair Campbell

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But What Can I Do? Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It (2023)
Alastair Campbell Winners
Winners: And How They Succeed (2016)
Alastair Campbell The Blair Years
The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries (2008)

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