Campbell takes over Mowlams Cabinet enforcer role

29 Jun 00
Alastair Campbell, the prime minister's press secretary, has effectively taken over from Mo Mowlam as 'Cabinet enforcer', according to Whitehall sources.

30 June 2000

Campbell, who is paid from public funds as a Whitehall special adviser, is understood to be convening meetings of ministers to co-ordinate policy ahead of the general election. He recently asked ministers to supply details of policy initiatives planned for the next year.

Campbell announced earlier this month that he was scaling back his press briefings on behalf of Prime Minister Tony Blair to take on more behind-the-scenes work.

'Mowlam is concentrating on reform and cross-government issues and leaving more of the political stuff to Campbell,' said one senior source.

Andrew Lansley, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, said: 'This work should be paid for by the Labour Party.'


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