Mr Campbell reached fame as Tony Blair's spokesman during his years in 10 Downing Street, including during the period when IR35 was introduced.
Since Blair quit as Prime Minister, Mr Campbell has earned his reputation and his living in the field of political commentating and writing. He is on record as describing IR35 as 'a technical tax change affecting self-employed computer experts', although he now says that he considers himself to be a freelancer because he does 'a little bit of this and a little bit of that'.
Mr Campbell has been invited to be the keynote speaker by freelancer group, the PCG, which organises the annual National Freelancers' Day and the events associated with it. He said: "I define myself as a freelancer because I do ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’ which is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a freelancer.
"I also recognise that there are freelancers who are very specialist and have a very particular expertise. I think that in all sectors there is, and indeed should be, a role to play for people brought in either for their expertise or for special projects and that’s why I’m very happy to be supporting and sharing ideas with the sort of people National Freelancers Day represents”.
After delivering a keynote speech to the ticket-only audience at the Royal Academy of Arts, Mr Campbell will form part of an expert panel debating around the theme ‘The Agile Economy’ in a Question Time format hosted by broadcaster Sue Lawley. John Brazier, Managing Director of PCG, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Alastair Campbell to speak at what promises to be a fascinating event at an inspiring venue.”
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