| Seumas Milne |
(spin doctor, journalist)
|Alma mater||Oxford University/Balliol College, Birkbeck, University of London|
|Parents|| • Alasdair Milne|
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.
Milne joined the newspaper in 1984. 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". 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.
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."
On 4 April 2020, following the election of Sir Keir Starmer as Leader of the Labour Party, Seumas Milne was replaced as Labour's Executive Director of Strategy and Communications by Ben Nunn, a former lobbyist with private healthcare PR firm MHP Communications.
Documents by Seumas Milne
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:It's not Russia that's pushed Ukraine to the brink of war||article||30 April 2014||2014 Ukraine coup||A rare note of sanity (and accuracy) on the 2014 Ukraine coup from a western corporate media|
|Document:My Millbank||article||18 April 1996||Labour Party|
|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 Iraq||Article||3 June 2015||Al-Qaeda|
|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|
|Document:HSBC and the sham of Guardian’s Scott Trust||Article||3 March 2015||Jonathan Cook||Britain, 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.|
|Document:Labour costs pass £500,000 in hearing over leaked antisemitism report||Article||31 August 2023||Aletha Adu||"Much of the Labour Party machinery from 2015-18 was openly opposed to Jeremy Corbyn, and worked to directly undermine the elected leadership of the party...from winning elections to building a functioning complaints and disciplinary process" – Summary of leaked internal report (page 29).|
- "Guardian journalist Seumas Milne appointed Labour head of communications"
- "Seumas Milne appointed Labour’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications"
- "Milne, Seumas"
- "Media families 7. The Milnes"
- "My top five Leftie columnists"
- "In the air"
- Christopher Andrew The Defence of the Realm, 2009, London: Allen Lane, p.677, and footnote 49, p.968
- "Guardian Comment is Free, page for Seumas Milne"
- "Keir Starmer replaces Seumas Milne with new director of communications"