An enterprising A level politics student set her sights high when seeking an inspirational speaker for her course.
Upton-by Chester High School sixth former Juliana Christianson persuaded none other than Alastair Campbell, best known for his role as Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy, to speak to students studying A level media, politics and economics.
He spoke to students about his career, his views on current political affairs, his latest book and his advocacy for mental health awareness in society.
His talk was followed by a lively question and answer session, with students eager to ask him about a range of topics, from how he got into politics and journalism, to what inspired him to join the Labour Party and express his political views so publicly.
Mr Campbell’s message to the students was very encouraging, as he spoke about the need for young people to be politically active and campaign for the changes they want to see in society.
As he is a staunch Burnley FC supporter, Mr Campbell was presented with a signed England shirt worn by ex-Upton High student Tom Heaton who is now captain of Burnley FC.