Alastair read modern languages at Cambridge but made money by writing pornographic stories for the men's magazine Forum before entering journalism.
By the age of 29 he had moved a long way from his roots as the son of a Pennine vet to become the news editor of a newspaper called Today but the publication's launch faltered and the experience led him to a nervous breakdown. He is said to have come out of the experience less brash, more disciplined and even more driven in his career. Around the same time he gave up alcohol - a step believed by many to give him the advantage of a clear head 24 hours a day to deal with the media.
He soon became political editor of the Daily Mirror. During this time he was also one of then Labour leader Neil Kinnock's closest advisers. It was from that post which Mr Campbell resigned to become spokesman for Tony Blair, then leader of the opposition. He was heavily involved with the modernisation of the Labour party, and instrumental in many New Labour ideas such as All Women Shortlists. With the Labour election victory in 1997, he became the prime minister's chief press secretary, setting up a formidable Whitehall machine to put over the government's views and try to control the news agenda.
Former No 10 Spin Doctor for Tony Blair and prolific writer, having published his diaries and books on mental health. A regular contributor to the media, he has talked openly about his depression and the mental breakdown he suffered in his late twenties. Currently editor at large of The New European, and keen remainer/soft Brexit campaigner.
Author, journalist and politician - an MP for 23 years. Chris was a minister in three Government departments, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, a judge of the 2011 Man Booker Prize and he is author of three acclaimed volumes of diaries.
Former MP and cabinet minister who has now built a successful career in the arts and media as a popular BBC TV presenter, particularly with his series Great British Railway Journeys.
John Reid served as an elected MP for over 23 years and served as a Government Minister for more than a decade under Blair in various posts. He really impressed by the way he handled a rowdy Hedge Fund Awards, and he had really done his home work; this former Marxist was congratulating the audience on how the Hedge Fund world works, and is an example for the financial system!