Alistair Campbell forgets about Kezia Dugdale in embarrassing Twitter gaffe


FORMER Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell was left red-faced after tweeting a list of “good” Scottish women – but leaving out the current Scottish Labour leader.

Campbell included Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, SNP First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and his own mother in his list, but failed to mention Labour’s Kezia Dugdale.

The outspoken Scot tweeted the list to his 341,000 followers last night during the BBC debate about the upcoming EU referendum.

Campbell – Director of Communications for Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003 – took ten minutes to realise the error of his ways before claiming that he had mistakenly hit the send button before adding Dugdale’s name to the list.


Alastair Campbell left Kezia Dugdale off his list of "great" Scottish women
Alastair Campbell left Kezia Dugdale off his list of “great” Scottish women


His tweet read: “Scotland has always produced good women! @RuthDavidsonMSP @NicolaSturgeon My Mum #BBCDebate REMAIN.”

Before moments later adding: “I hit send accidentally before @kezdugdale added.”
Followers of Campbell were quick to point out the glaring omission in the former journalist’s Twitter list.

Gina Davidson said: “And @kezdugdale surely?” Whilst others asked if he was “forgetting” someone.

Denis Foot was glad he eventually remembered to include Kezia Dugdale, saying: “Glad you included her. Three remarkable strong leaders.”

It’s not the first time that Campbell has made a gaffe on social media.

In 2012 he tweeted a picture of himself wearing posh hunting clothes despite being part of the Labour government that helped push through a ban against fox hunting.

On that occasion he claimed he had pressed the wrong button and put it down to the “perils” of using his iPhone without wearing his glasses.

He is a staunch supporter of the remain campaign for the EU Referendum for which voting will take place tomorrow.