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10 things you didn't know about Alastair Campbell

The former spindoctor's favourite books, whose music he jogs to, where he likes to holiday and the c

1. Favourite books: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

2. Political heroes are Nye Bevan and Martin Luther King.

3. Campbell's first job was as a petrol pump attendant.

4. His political tip for the future is Georgia Gould (Labour adviser Philip Gould's daughter).

5. Robert Mugabe is his political hate figure.

6. The media figure he despises above all is Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

7. He plays the bagpipes and busked in Nice during his year abroad from university.

8. Australia and Ireland are his top holiday destinations.

9. He likes to run to the Bee Gees.

10. The politician he currently most admires is Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.