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Amanda Jane Platell (born 12 November 1957, Perth, Western Australiamarker) is a journalist, now based in Londonmarker, and the former press secretary of William Hague, leader of the British Conservative Party from 1997 to 2001.

Platell has worked at the Daily Mirror, where she was the superior of Labour party's former director of communications, Alastair Campbell. Later, she edited the Sunday Express. She was sacked from this post following the publication of details of Peter Mandelson's gay relationship with his Brazilian partner. Despite having previously claimed to be a supporter of the Labour Party she took the role of 'spin doctor' to Hague in 1999. She sought to present Hague as a more mature and rounded character, even on one occasion writing one of his speeches with left-wing journalist Francis Wheen.

Michael Portillo returned to parliament in 1999 and was subsequently admitted into the shadow cabinet as shadow Chancellor in 2000. Portillo immediately asserted his authority on the post, reversing in an instant several years of Conservative opposition to the minimum wage and independence for the Bank of Englandmarker. This move was the first step towards increasing acrimony between Hague and his shadow Chancellor and by the time of the 2001 general election Platell was fighting a bitter battle with Portillo's supporters and later (after Hague had resigned) publicly endorsed Iain Duncan Smith in opposition to Portillo.

Following the Labour party's second landslide victory in 2001, both Hague and Platell resigned from their posts. In July 2001 Unspun - Amanda Platell's Secret Diary was broadcast which had been recorded each night during the election campaign - the secret nature of this film meant she was attacked by many Tories for allegedly betraying the campaign.

Platell has continued her media career, appearing both as a commentator and presenter on the short-lived Sky News programme Littlejohn, and co-hosting a series on Channel 4 with Piers Morgan. She also contributed a column to the New Statesman magazine, mainly about the media. Private Eyemarker repeatedly saw this as being a regular attempt at a job application.

She now writes two columns, "Platell's People", for the Daily Mail on Saturdays, and "Voice From the Right", for the Guardian on Wednesdays.

Criticism

Platell was accused of homophobia following an article in the Daily Mail in 2009 where she stated that a child should not be adopted by a gay couple even though the child's birth mother was deemed unfit to be a parent by the local council due to the mother's drug addiction. Platell denies the accusation.

In response to the article, the head of the British Association For Adoption And Fostering, David Holmes, apologised for accusing those who question gay adoption as being 'retarded homophobes'. Mr Holmes said 'We deeply regret the use of the word "retarded"'

Television

  • Unspin: Amanda Platell's Secret Video Diary – Channel 4, 2001,
  • Morgan & Platell - Channel 4, 2004-2005
  • Prime Ministers Spouses – Channel 4, 2005
  • Crisis Command: Could You Run The Country? - BBC, 2004
  • Bee in Your Bonnet - BBC Two, 2004
  • How Euro Are You? - BBC, 2005
  • Richard & Judy - Channel 4
  • The Daily Politics – BBC Two
  • Question Time - BBC One, Occasional Panellist 1993-
  • The apprentice You're fired- a guest panellist - BBC2 2008


References

  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1183011/AMANDA-PLATELL-Insults-betray-bigotry-gay-zealots.html#addComment


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