Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Campbell Urges Brown: Don't Call an Early Election; Advice from a Blairite Comrade: Alastair Campbell and Gordon Brown

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Campbell Urges Brown: Don't Call an Early Election; Advice from a Blairite Comrade: Alastair Campbell and Gordon Brown

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AS GORDON Brown digested the news last night that his lead over theTories has surged to as much as 11 points Alastair Campbell was urging caution.As one of the architects of New Labour's hat-trick of election wins he shouldknow.

"I'm not a cautious person and I like bigbong strokes," explained Campbell at"The Blair YearsAn Audience with Alastair Campbell" at the Royal Bath Hotel. "But although itwould be exciting, a large proportion of the country might ask why. We [Labour]are in a position of strength and a clear dividing line is opening up betweenGordon and David Cameron and we should build on that." Piers Morgan may havere-invented himself as a celebrity but the former Daily Mirror editor made asurprising no-show last night at the event.

Perhaps the self-styled celebrity Morgan has moved on from his political chumsbut into the breach stepped a mystified Michael White from The Guardian. Whitewas, of course, once punched by Campbell after he cracked a joke aboutAlastair's old boss Robert Maxwell. …

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