Date of release: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Alastair CampbellFormer Number 10 Press Secretary Alastair Campbell has given a talk to students and staff at the University of Greenwich.

Tony Blair’s former Director of Strategy told a packed audience that he might stand for Parliament in the future and spoke on the decision to go to war in Iraq. He also said voting age in the UK should come down to 16 and that he would like to see political education made compulsory in the UK.  

Mr Campbell was interviewed by Jon McLean, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the university, ahead of a Q & A session from the floor. There were also 50 free signed copies of his new book,  My Name is…, given away. The event was hosted and organised by university student group MyLifeMySay.

David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor of the university, says: “It was fascinating to hear from someone who has been at the forefront of British politics for two decades. Alastair’s passion for getting young people engaged with politics shone through and it was good to hear so many interesting questions from the floor. I thank Alastair for coming to Greenwich and MyLifeMySay for arranging this event.”

For more on studying Politics at the University of Greenwich: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/ug/pol

Picture: Abu Zahed, head of student relations at MyLifeMySay, with Alastair Campbell.

 

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