Seumas Milne

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Person.png Seumas Milne   TwitterRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spin doctor, journalist)
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Alma materOxford University/Balliol College, Birkbeck, University of London
Parents • Alasdair Milne
• (father)

Seumas Milne (born 1958) is a British journalist and political aide. In October 2015 he was appointed the Labour Party's Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, on leave from The Guardian.[1][2]

Milne joined the newspaper in 1984.[3] He was a columnist and associate editor at The Guardian at the time of his Labour Party appointment, and according to Peter Popham writing for The Independent in 1997, "is on the far left of the Labour Party".[4][5][6] He is the author of The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners, a book about the 1984–5 British miners' strike which focuses on the role of MI5 and Special Branch in the dispute.[7][8]

Milne's journalism and Labour Party appointment were the subject of much negative media comment in October 2015. Peter Preston, Milne's former editor at The Guardian, commented on the ethical challenges faced by journalists-turned-political advisers and concluded about Milne's change of career path:

"Houston, we have a challenge: let’s see if we have a problem."


Documents by Seumas Milne

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:It's not Russia that's pushed Ukraine to the brink of wararticle30 April 20142014 Ukraine coupA rare note of sanity (and accuracy) on the 2014 Ukraine coup from a western corporate media
Document:My Millbankarticle18 April 1996Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn's Strategy & Communications Director, Seumus Milne, gives a 20-year-old perspective to the current Labour Party leadership crisis
Document:Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and IraqArticle3 June 2015Al-Qaeda
Islamic State
Al-Nusra Front
Bherlin Gildo
American forces bomb one set of rebels while backing another in Syria, and mount what are effectively joint military operations with Iran against ISIS in Iraq while supporting Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen


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TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:HSBC and the sham of Guardian’s Scott TrustArticle3 March 2015Jonathan CookBritain, we are told, is privileged to have two “liberal” media outlets, the BBC and Guardian, that are seen either as neutral or as a leftwing counterbalance to the rightwing agenda of the rest of the media. Here are three illuminating articles and a short video that should help to dispel any such illusions.
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  1. Wintour, Patrick (20 October 2015). "Guardian journalist Seumas Milne appointed Labour head of communications". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  2. "Seumas Milne appointed Labour's Executive Director of Strategy and Communications". LabourPress: Labour Party press office. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. "Milne, Seumas". Writer's Directory. 2005. Retrieved 29 October 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  4. "Media families 7. The Milnes", The Independent, 31 March 1997
  5. Daniel Hannan "My top five Leftie columnists", The Daily Telegraph, 10 July 2008
  6. "In the air", Evening Standard, 16 August 2006
  7. Christopher Andrew The Defence of the Realm, 2009, London: Allen Lane, p.677, and footnote 49, p.968
  8. Guardian Comment is Free page for Seumas Milne.

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