Alastair visits Isobel Mair

Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell

Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, is to visit special needs school Isobel Mair.

The Newton Means-based school managed to pull off something of a coup by getting Mr Campbell to speak at the school as part of its fundraising activities.

Chairperson of Isobel Mair Parent Council, Graham Campbell, said: “We contacted Alastair some months ago and he promised he would fit us in to his busy schedule — and he was as good as his word.”

And Mr Campbell, not known for being polite, was impressed by the work Isobel Mair do.

Graham continued: “He watched a YouTube video about the school and was amazed at the fantastic work that goes on at Isobel Mair, and was more than happy to help by doing this speaking event.”

Alastair Campbell has struggled with alcoholism and depression in the past.

A keen supporter of Burnley football club, Mr Campbell contributes to the FanHouse blog about his team.

He is also the author of several novels, one of which used his experiences as a depressive: All in the Mind.

In another, Mr Campbell recounts his political experiences: The Blair Years.

The event is on March 14 at the school with tickets priced at £25, available from Isobel Mair.