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Campbell awaits election orders
Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell has completed a stint as a television interviewer
Former Downing Street media chief Alastair Campbell has said he will be involved in Labour's campaign for the next general election.

Mr Campbell said Tony Blair had not yet asked him to take any specific role.

But he told BBC 2's Daily Politics: "I have made absolutely public since I left the job that I will do whatever he [Mr Blair] wants."

Mr Campbell quit No 10 in August 2003 after being Tony Blair's right-hand man at the last 1997 and 2001 elections.

He is still close to the prime minister and when asked if he would be working as an election adviser to Labour, he replied: "You would be amazed if I wasn't."

Labour loyalty

Mr Campbell went on: "I will do whatever the leadership of the Labour Party wants me to do come the next general election.

"I said on the day that I resigned from the job I did that I will always be Labour and come a general election I will be doing something. What it is is up to the prime minister and his colleagues."

Mr Campbell praised Mr Blair as a "very, very good leader, politician and strategist".

"But the reality is that in an election campaign you require all sorts of people doing all sorts of different things," he said.

Election moves

Mr Campbell was at the centre of the government's row with BBC over Andrew Gilligan's story about the Iraq weapons dossier.

The Hutton inquiry cleared the Mr Campbell of "sexing up" the dossier in the run-up to the Iraq war.

In recent months, he has toured the country with his one man show, An Audience with Alastair Campbell.

Former Health Secretary Alan Milburn returned to the Cabinet as Labour's election co-ordinator in last month's reshuffle.

Gordon Brown has headed election planning for the last two elections but Mr Blair insists he will play the same role in the next poll too.

The Guardian newspaper suggested on Tuesday the chancellor would be asked to chair Labour's election news conferences as a concession after the controversial reshuffle.


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