Leading Labour strategist given three months to live


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Leading Labour strategist and pollster Philip Gould revealed yesterday that he has lost his fight with cancer and has three months to live.

Mr Gould has been struggling with cancer for two years and was thought to be in remission. But after being told the news by his doctor, he described himself as being in the "death zone".

In a moving interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, he called his current state "the most extraordinary time of my life".

"This time it was clear. I was, you know... I was in a different place, a death zone, where there was such an intensity, such a power. And apparently this is normal. And so, even though obviously I'd, you know, rather not be in this position, it is the most extraordinary time of my life, certainly the most important time of my life," he said.

Mr Gould has been a key figure in the Labour Party for the past two decades. He is seen as one of the key architects of New Labour, and won praise for helping Tony Blair achieve three general election victories.

During the interview, he conceded that his health might be considerably better had he taken a step back from politics.

"What would have been better for me would have been to have said, 'I'll do what I can do,' which I do quite well, and then just push it back a little bit," he said, adding that he did not do so because he was an "obsessive nutcase" when it came to politics.

Mr Gould ended the interview by saying: "I suppose my message is have faith and try and change the world."