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Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin
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Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin (Paperback)

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Updated with explosive new chapters Hailed as the must-read political book of the year by commentators on all sides of the great divide, Power Trip is the explosive memoir of one of Westminster's most controversial figures. From 1999 to 2009, Damian McBride worked at the heart of the Treasury and No. 10. He was a pivotal member of Gordon Brown's inner circle before a notorious scandal propelled him out of Downing Street and onto the front pages. Known by friend and foe as 'Mad Dog' or 'McPoison', Brown's right-hand man demonstrated a ruthless desire to protect and promote New Labour's no. 2, whatever the cost. Laying bare his journey from naive civil servant to disgraced spin-doctor, McBride writes candidly about his experiences at the elbows of Brown, Balls and Miliband, detailing the feuds, plots and media manipulation that lay at New Labour's core. Freshly updated with revealing new material, Power Trip is an eye-watering expose of British politics and a compelling story of the struggles and scandals that populate the political world.

BiographyBiography: generalBiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Biteback Publishing Publication Date: 25/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9781849547147  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Damian McBride was born in North London in 1974, the youngest of four brothers. He was educated at Finchley Catholic High School and read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He joined HM Customs and Excise as a fast stream civil servant in 1996, and moved to the Treasury in 1999. In 2003, he became the Treasury's Head of Communications, reporting directly to Gordon Brown. After the 2005 election, he left the civil service to become the Chancellor's political adviser, a role he maintained when Brown became Prime Minister in 2007. He was sacked in April 2009 after emails from him emerged planning a smear campaign against senior Tory politicians. His proceeds from sales of this book will go to the Finchley Catholic High School fundraising appeal.

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