Monday, June 04, 2012

Alastair Campbell - Countdown to Iraq - coming soon

(The publication of this last part of Alastair Campbell's diaries was originally expected to have taken place at the end of last year. Whether or not the delays currently being experienced by the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry have also affected this release remains to be seen.)

Alastair Campbell Releases The Campbell Diaries: Volume IV with The Mile End Group

On 20 June, 2012, the Mile End Group will be hosting the official launch of The Burden of Power: Volume 4: Countdown to Iraq; the fourth and final volume of Alastair Campbell’s highly revealing and insightful diaries. Alastair Campbell will be appearing at Queen Mary University of London in conversation with John Rentoul, chief political commentator for the Independent on Sunday and visiting professor at Queen Mary, from 6.30 pm. A drinks reception will follow.

Volume Four of the Campbell Diaries, which begins on 11 September, 2001, and ends with Campbell leaving office, covers the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the continued pursuit of peace in Northern Ireland, and the internal power struggles within the New Labour government. It is perhaps the most highly anticipated volume, dealing with Tony Blair’s most controversial decisions, and written contemporaneously by one of the best-placed political diarists in recent history.

As Blair’s Chief Press Secretary and Official Spokesman, and later Director of Communications and Strategy, Alastair Campbell is able to offer tremendous insight into the inner workings of New Labour at the highest level. His appearance at the Mile End Group also represents the launch of an incredible source for contemporary historians; having previously appeared at Queen Mary's New Labour in Government undergraduate course, the Mile End Group is delighted to welcome Campbell back to the university.

To apply for tickets, please email providing your full name and organization. Tickets are extremely limited. Further details regarding the event will be sent to successful applicants via email a week beforehand.


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