Damian McBride


Damian McBride offers three-point guide for surviving the next financial crash

24 August 2015 15:18

With reports starting to claim that the next global financial crisis is on the horizon, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s all doom and gloom. So Steerpike was cheered to see that Labour’s… Continue reading

Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

Damian McBride won't be welcomed back into Labour. Photo: Getty Images.

Labour run a mile from ‘nuts’ McBride return

1 July 2014 16:43

Mr Steerpike’s suggestion that things could be getting so bad for Labour that they may have to call on the services of Damian McBride, based on the disgraced former spin… Continue reading


Damian McBride’s Labour audition

30 June 2014 18:29

Is Damian McBride auditioning for a job as the saviour of the Labour Party spin operation? His re-energised blogging would certainly indicate as much. In the last few weeks the… Continue reading

Bottler Brown

Meet Gordon Brown, comedian

9 June 2014 17:31

You would normally have to pay thousands of pounds for the pleasure, but Mr S and the Westminster hack pack were treated to a Gordon Brown speech for free on… Continue reading

The Catholic bishops of England could do with enlisting Damian McBride and making use of his masterly communication skills.

The Catholic bishops of England need Damian McBride’s help

6 November 2013 13:00

Most Coffeehousers are probably profoundly and justifiably cynical about anything masquerading as a consultation exercise in politics, so it might spread a little cheer to see how the Catholic Church… Continue reading


Lib Dem spinner: Damian McBride saved my life

14 October 2013 16:28

Phil Reilly, a Lib Dem spinner, was hit by a car earlier today. He says that a hardback copy of Power Trip by Damian McBride, contained in a bag slung… Continue reading

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Damian McBride: press regulation ‘disgusts me’

10 October 2013 14:57

It was one of those parties where it was more interesting to see who wasn’t there, than who was. Last night, Damian McBride raised a glass at the Intercontinental in Westminster… Continue reading


Do we really need to turn the mentally ill into victims?

8 October 2013 11:34

Public wrath has finally moved from the Daily Mail, and to the Sun over its splash yesterday on the mentally ill. It’s deemed especially offensive because this is apparently Mental… Continue reading

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Eric Pickles pictures the horrors of a Labour government

1 October 2013 16:11

Eric Pickles has a vivid imagination. He set out to remind the Conservative faithful today the dangers of letting Labour back into office, and why they, not the Tories, are… Continue reading

Rebekah Brooks And Andy Coulson Appear At Court Facing Charges Linked To Alleged Bribery

A history of spinners, from Robert Walpole to Damian McBride and Andy Coulson

28 September 2013 10:00

A full colour Andy Coulson looms ominously behind a black and white David Cameron on the front cover of Andrew Blick and George Jones’s book on aides to the Prime… Continue reading

XOXO, Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown’s gossip girls

26 September 2013 13:47

Brown’s boot boys had a reputation for political assassination, karaoke, and curry and lager. But if Damian McBride is to be believed, they’re really just a gaggle of gossiping girls.… Continue reading


Damian McBride tells The Spectator: I spoke to Ed Balls every week

26 September 2013 13:17

When the Damian McBride scandal blew up, Ed Balls was quick to distance himself from his former colleague saying he spoke to ‘Mr McBride’ once or twice and had dealings… Continue reading


The View from 22: Fraser Nelson interviews Damian McBride + Labour conference review

26 September 2013 11:49

How well did Damian McBride know Ed Balls ? Is he surprised at the scale of interest and hostility towards his book? How strong was his relationship with Ed Miliband?… Continue reading

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Damian McBride’s book Power Trip trips up its first victim

25 September 2013 12:02

Damian McBride’s book has bruised many Labour conference delegates, and reopened old wounds. Now I can report that it’s claimed its first physical casualty. Telegraph journalist Matthew Holehouse had been… Continue reading

Damian McBride has been omnipresent at Labour's conference in Brighton. Photo: Getty Images.

The confessions of Damian McBride

24 September 2013 20:19

The first copies of Damian McBride’s book dropped in Brighton today, and the former spinner has been explaining not just his actions in government but why on earth he decided… Continue reading

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Labour conference: Tuesday day, in audio

24 September 2013 19:00

It may have happened last night, but Damian McBride’s interview on Newsnight was responsible for a lot of talk today, not least because it led Jeremy Paxman to say ‘McPrickface’ live on… Continue reading


Video: Damian McBride’s Newsnight interview

24 September 2013 0:59

Damian McBride broke cover and made his first broadcast appearance this evening on Newsnight, defending his upcoming memoirs. McBride said he is ‘sorry and ashamed’ for those he targeted while in… Continue reading

Ed Balls playing football with journalists at his party's conference in Brighton this week. Picture: PA

Ed Balls: I didn’t know McBride was briefing against ministers

23 September 2013 8:57

listen to ‘Ed Balls on Today: ‘This recovery is not working for working families’’ on Audioboo Ed Balls was in a bullish mood this morning when he did his round… Continue reading

Wendy Alexander, who Damian McBride claims was sacked after Douglas Alexander briefing. Photo: Danny Lawson-Pool/Getty Images.

Douglas Alexander urged Gordon Brown to sack McBride

22 September 2013 20:58

Ed Miliband is not the only person who wanted Gordon Brown to sack Damian McBride. At an IPPR fringe event this evening, Douglas Alexander told The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland he… Continue reading


Damian McBride shatters the Labour peace

22 September 2013 12:40

If you want to know just how much anger Damian McBride’s book has created in the Labour party—and particularly its Blairite wing, just watch Alastair Campbell’s interview with Andrew Neil… Continue reading

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Damian McBride and today’s Downing Street spin operation

20 September 2013 13:59

Damian McBride’s memoirs will naturally make uncomfortable reading for the Labour party, but the current occupants of Downing Street will also be feasting on his lesson in the dark arts,… Continue reading


Finally – Damian McBride provides the Labour confession we’ve been waiting for

20 September 2013 10:34

‘Drug use; spousal abuse; secret alcoholism; extra-marital affairs. I estimate I did nothing with 95 per cent of the stories I was told. But, yes, some of them ended up on… Continue reading

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How McBride dripped poison into the system

20 September 2013 10:24

If you want to know why Damian McBride was such a feared figure in Whitehall, read the section in his memoirs about how he sowed division between Charles Clarke, then the… Continue reading

Gordon Brown Holds Talks With The Finnish Prime Minster

Damian McBride’s confessions part I

20 September 2013 9:05

Ever since the publication date of Damian McBride’s book was set for the week of the Labour autumn conference, it was clear that the party would find itself lugging a… Continue reading