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Lance Price (born 3 September 1958) is a British writer, journalist and political commentator. He was a journalist for the BBC from 1981 to 1998, then became special adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In 2011, Price founded The Kaleidoscope Trust, an LGBT rights organisation. The Trust was launched in September 2011 with a reception held by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP.
After seventeen years as a BBC journalist he joined Tony Blair's staff at 10 Downing Street in 1998 where he was deputy to the Communications Director, Alastair Campbell. He was the Labour Party's Director of Communications from 2000 until the General Election of 2001.
His published diary of his work with Tony Blair caused considerable controversy after the UK government tried to block its publication.He also stated that Rupert Murdoch was the 24th member of Tony Blair cabinet.
Lance Price was called to give evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons in January 2006. Comments in the book also led to an investigation by the North Wales Police into whether former Prime Minister Tony Blair had committed an offence under the Public Order Act by referring to "the fucking Welsh". The investigation was dropped without any charges being brought.
Since leaving the employment of the Labour Party, Lance Price became an observer of British politics and world affairs, retaining his membership of the Labour Party, as he confirmed during an interview on BBC Radio 5 with Richard Bacon on 11 February 2010.
He is the author of The Spin Doctor's Diary published in 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton, and Time and Fate, a novel published by Polperro Press in 2005. Price was also the co-author and principal photographer for the Berlitz Guide to Iceland, published in 2003.
In 2010, he published Where the Power Lies, analysing the relationship between past governments and the media. The book was published before the phone-hacking scandal of 2010, and argued that successive British governments had been too close to powerful media interests, including Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Price called for greater transparency about relationships between journalists and politicians.
He broadcasts regularly on the BBC and other British TV and radio outlets, and is a regular contributor to CBS News' London Comment. He writes for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian and The Independent. He is an occasional contributor to the Australian Financial Review.
Price was a panellist during the 2010 general election campaign for the BBC News Channel and The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4. He has taken an increasingly independent line on political affairs and was one of the first to call for Gordon Brown to step down as Prime Minister after Labour’s election defeat in May 2010.
The Kaleidoscope Trust
In September 2011, Price launched The Kaleidoscope Trust, a UK-based organisation that aims to improve LGBT rights overseas. The Trust aims to work with existing LGBT rights groups in order to advance their respective campaigns. The launch was hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP, who acknowledged the "global challenge" with regard to advancing LGBT rights outside of the UK. Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband described the Trust as "an incredibly important initiative".
- Political diary gets mixed reaction in the UK, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 14 October 2005.
- Complaint over PM Welsh 'insult', BBC News, 28 September 2005.
- Saeed Kamali Dehghan, 'Africa and Middle East in spotlight as group launched to tackle homophobia', The Guardian, 12 September 2011
- Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust, 'News Release: Commons Speaker Launches Kaleidoscope', 14 September 2011
- LancePrice.co.uk - official website
- Director of Communications describes unhealthy relationship between government and the media Lance Price speaks at a Foundation for Law, Justice and Society Conference, Oxford