A regional publisher’s pro-European Union newspaper is set to exclusively serialise Alastair Campbell’s latest volume of diaries from tomorrow.
The first instalment in tomorrow’s edition, pictured below, reveals former Prime Minister Mr Blair’s secret plan to quit No 10 and run to be President of Europe.
As part of the serialisation deal the newspaper will also be offering a new subscription package, with a copy of Mr Campbell’s book available free with a 13-week subscription.
Editor Matt Kelly said: “The diaries are extraordinary and it’s a great coup for us to serialise them in the newspaper over the next three weeks.”
The diaries, entitled Outside Inside, are published by Biteback Publishing and cover the period between Mr Campbell’s resignation as Number Ten press secretary in 2003 and Mr Blair’s third election win in 2005.
Biteback publisher, Iain Dale, said: “Alastair has never before published his post Downing Street diaries so every word is new and because he never really left they offer an incredible insight into an extraordinary period of political history.
“Alastair and I are on different sides of the Brexit debate but I am delighted The New European wants to use ‘Outside Inside’ in this way.”
Mr Campbell added: “A lot of the time the press exaggerated our difficulties. This was one period where if anything they underplayed them because they didn’t know just how bad things were.
“This was the closest Tony got to leaving and at the time I was terrified it would get out because it was one of those stories that would have taken on its own momentum.
“Tony had pretty much had enough and was being ground down by Gordon [Brown]. In the end he realised that and decided he had to stay and see it though.
“The diaries brought back all the divisions, for sure, but also the sheer effort and intensity that is required to win elections.”
The New European was launched by Archant in the wake of the vote to leave the EU, and is aimed at the ’48pc’ who voted Remain.