Ex-PM press secretary’s talk to pupils

Alastair Campbell talks to students at Trent College, Long Eaton.
Alastair Campbell talks to students at Trent College, Long Eaton.
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His appearance on the BBC last week made the headlines, but just hours earlier former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell urged students at a Long Eaton school to get to grips with politics.

Mr Campbell’s talk at Trent College asked pupils to see through negative media coverage.

“Really think about politics, don’t just go along with the bad press coverage and thinking that there are no differences between the parties,” he said.

“It is so important to vote. If you have time to vote on The X Factor you should make time to vote for who will run your country.”

He added: “Working in politics I wasn’t happy all the time but I’m happy I did it. I’m a workaholic, work is central to what we do, and that is how we can change the world.”

Mr Campbell, who was a contentious figure as Tony Blair’s right-hand man, appeared on Newsnight last Tuesday (October 1) to grill Daily Mail deputy editor Jon Steafel over a controversial piece the paper ran about Ed Milliband’s father in which it claimed he ‘hated Britain’.