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Background Information

Employment History

Director of Communications


Head of Media and Public Relations

CAFOD's foundation

Special Adviser To Gordon Brown

HM Revenue & Customs

External Liaison Manager

Finchley Catholic High School


Cabinet Secretary and Head
Civil Service

Pivotal Member of Inner Circle
Gordon Brown

Civil Servant and Special Advisor
British Prime MinisterGordon Brown


Finchley Catholic High School

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Meet the Media Team / Press Centre / News / Home - CAFOD [cached]

Damian McBride

Damian McBride
Damian is the Head of External Communications, and has worked for CAFOD since April 2011. He has previously worked as Head of Communications at HM Treasury and as a media adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He is responsible for all CAFOD's communications with the media as well as its website, and acts as the lead contact point for the media on issues relating to CAFOD and its work. You can reach Damian by email or follow him on Twitter.

Meet the media team - CAFOD [cached]

Damian McBride

Head of Media & PR Phone: +44 (0) 7825 734 390 / +44 (0) 20 7095 5450

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So why is Damian McBride, a former Head of Communications at the Treasury, then special adviser and spin-doctor to Gordon Brown, and finally Head of Strategic Planning in Downing Street during Brown's premiership, subjected to self-righteous criticism in the pages of The Tablet?

After detailing his 13 years' work as a civil servant and then spin-doctor, McBride apologises for being the person he had become during that time - in his own words 'a cruel, vindictive, and thoughtless bastard'.
Raised in north London, McBride was educated at Finchley Catholic High School and attended Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history. A heavy drinker with an aggressive and ambitious personality, McBride eventually overreached himself by planning with former Labour campaigner Derek Draper to post made-up rumours about Tory politicians on a controversial Red Flag blogsite.
After this plan was leaked to or copied illegally to a Tory blog, Mr McBride resigned, without any compensation, and Gordon Brown issued an apology for his 'juvenile and inappropriate emails'.
All then went quiet until Damian published his biography Power trip: A decade of policy, plots and spin just before this year's Labour Party Conference. Cafod was then heavily criticised in the Letters pages of The Tablet for accepting McBride's offer of half the royalties from his book (the other half was destined for his old school). One letter writer even said Cafod should sack McBride forthwith.
Pressure on Cafod by some of their donors led to them refusing a generous donation from McBride and now Cafod are being criticised for still employing him.
Perhaps CAFOD supporters are concerned that Mr McBride's antics are distracting from CAFOD 's essential message.
Perhaps come CAFOD supporters are concerned that Mr McBride's antics are distracting from CAFOD 's essential message.
I didn't mind Damian McBride working for Cafod. Everyone deserves a second chance. I thought it odd that Cafod seemed relaxed that he was allowed to write a political blog but I wasn't that bothered. The book, aptly called Power Trip, was the limit. To claim he was atoning for his past by profiting from writing a memoir which sensationalised his self-admitted misdeeds was risible. He had no need to publish memoirs in a way that undermined the party he used to serve and brought further embarrassment to the people whose reputations he had previously traduced. He pocketed a six figure serialisation fee from the Daily Mail whose sole motivation was to damage Labour in the week of its conference.

The Catholic aid agency Cafod was ... [cached]

The Catholic aid agency Cafod was this week engulfed in controversy after its Head of Media and PR, Damian McBride, confessed to employing a catalogue of "dirty tricks" against Labour Government Ministers during the Blair and Brown years.

High-profile supporters of the charity have expressed concern about damage to its reputation from its connection with Mr McBride and questioned its decision to accept half of the royalties from his book, Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin.
Lord O'Donnell, who was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service from 2005 to 2011, also criticised Mr McBride for writing a book that drew on his experiences as a civil servant. "I do not think it is a good idea for ex-civil servants to write books about confidential matters related to their time working in government, whatever they do with the profits. I hope this will not damage Cafod, as they do excellent work," he said.
Cafod's trustees acknowledged that Mr McBride had expressed regret for his past life but added in a statement: "Cafod's trustees are examining fully the implications which have arisen from the serialisation and the whole book and are carefully considering any appropriate action."
Mr McBride has said he will keep an estimated £130,000 from the Mail serialisation, and his publisher will take a cut from the earnings. He is dividing the royalties equally between Cafod and his old school, Finchley Catholic High in north London. He worked for the school as Business and Community Manager after being sacked by the Labour Party. He joined Cafod in 2011.
Mr McBride told The Tablet that his book was "very much about behaviour in the past which I describe with suitable shame".
He said he had been very honest about his past character and his sacking had been a subject of discussion at both job interviews.
He rejected suggestions he should resign.

Mr McBride was sacked from ... [cached]

Mr McBride was sacked from his Government job in 2009 after it emerged that he plotted to circulate false rumours about political opponents.

In a statement Chris Bain denied that Mr McBride's book could jeopardise the aid agency's links with senior politicians.
"Damian McBride's work for Cafod has had no bearing on those relationships in the past and we do not expect it to do so in the future.

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