ALASTAIR Campbell was once one of the most notorious men in British politics, but now finds himself in the position of briefly presenting Good Morning Britain throughout Mental Health Awareness week next month.
But who is Tony Blair's former spin doctor? We explain all.
Who is Alastair Campbell?
Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet.
He graduated from Cambridge University in modern languages before going into journalism, writing mostly for the Mirror.
When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, Campbell worked for him first as press secretary, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy from 1994 to 2003. He is now engaged mainly in writing, public speaking, consultancy and working for mental health charities, and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, where he is chairman of fundraising.
He lives in North London and his interests include running, cycling, playing the bagpipes and following the varying fortunes of Burnley Football Club.
The infamous Malcolm Tucker character from BBC series The Thick of It is rumoured to be based on Campbell.
What is his net worth?
As well as his lengthy period in the Labour Party, Campbell is also an award-winning author, writing a number of books both on his time working closely with Tony Blair and his battles with mental health.
This has helped build his net worth, according to NetWorthPost.com, to an impressive $700,000 (£501,000).
Why did Alastair Campbell quit the Labour Party?
Mr Campbell said he “no longer” wants to be in the “Stalinist” Labour party while Jeremy Corbyn was leader.
He wrote that Corbyn was not “capable of winning power” and that the party was a “huge disappointment” over Brexit, in a scathing letter published on July 30, 2019.
The arch-Remainer was kicked out of Labour in May of 2019 after admitting to voting for the Libs Dems in the European Elections.
Campbell, who has been an outspoken Corbyn critic, confirmed with “some sadness but absolute certainty” that he would not be appealing the decision, in the open letter published in the New European.
He fumed: "The culture you have helped to create has made the party one that I feel no longer truly represents my values, or the hopes I have for Britain.”
In a series of tweets he said he voted for the Liberal Democrats, who secured 16 seats while Labour only won 10.
Mr Campbell revealed that he voted Lib Dem in protest against former leader Jeremy Corbyn's flip-flopping on Brexit.
He said at the time: "Sad and disappointed to receive email expelling me from Labour particularly on a day leadership finally seems to be moving to the right place on Brexit, not least thanks to tactical voting by party members, including MPs, councillors and peers who back a second referendum.
"I am and always will be Labour. I voted Lib Dem, without advance publicity, to try to persuade Labour to do the right thing for country/party.
"Hard not to point out difference in the way anti-Semitism cases have been handled."
What did Jeremy Corbyn say?
The Labour Party leader did not publicly make a comment on Mr Campbell’s expulsion.
Labour MPs hit out at Jeremy Corbyn's team for acting more quickly against Mr Campbell than against alleged anti-Semites.
Jess Phillips blasted: "He was expelled quicker than a man who threatened to kill me, quicker than a man in my CLP who denied the Holocaust, both are only still suspended."
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