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Fiona Millar

Fiona Millar

Journalist
Fiona Millar
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Is Journalist
From United Kingdom
Type Journalism
Gender female
Birth 2 January 1958, Lambeth, United Kingdom
Age 63 years
Star sign Capricorn
Education
University College London
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Biography

Fiona Millar (born 2 January 1958) is a British journalist and campaigner on education and parenting issues. She is a former adviser to Cherie Blair. She contributes to The Guardian and the Local Schools Network website.

Early life

Millar attended Camden School for Girls. Millar studied economics and economic history at University College London and joined the Mirror Group's graduate training scheme in 1980.

Career

Millar began in journalism as a trainee on the Mirror Group Graduate Training Scheme in the West Country, later moving to the Daily Express where she worked as a news reporter and lobby correspondent and was a colleague of Peter Hitchens. She was a freelance journalist between 1988 and 1995 contributing to the Daily Express, the Sunday Mirror and The House magazine, Parliament's in house publication. In 1993, she co-authored (with Glenys Kinnock) By Faith and Daring, Interviews with Remarkable Women to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Virago Press.

Millar worked in the office of the Leader of the Opposition from 1995 to 1997, as an adviser to Cherie Blair from 1995 to 2003, as a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003, as head of Cherie Blair's office, and Director of Events and Visits at Downing Street. Millar opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but was pressured to stay at Downing Street because of the risk of adverse publicity. She informed Blair of her definite intention to resign after the capture of Baghdad, on the day of the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue. The resignation was publicly announced in August 2003.

In 2003 she started writing a monthly column for The Guardian about education and in 2004 she presented a documentary film for Channel Four called The Best for My Child examining how the quasi market in schools was working in practice.

In 2005, along with Melissa Benn, she co-wrote a pamphlet "A Comprehensive Future: Quality and Equality for All Our Children", and is active in the campaign against the Trust Schools white paper, appearing alongside Labour Party figures Neil Kinnock and Estelle Morris at campaign meetings.

Between 2009 and 2013 Millar was chair of Comprehensive Future, an organisation that promotes the perceived advantages of comprehensive schools in the UK. Her children attend state schools in the Camden LEA. Between 2000 and 2010 she was Chair of Governors at Gospel Oak Primary School and from 2008 was Chair of Governors at William Ellis boys' comprehensive school and an associate governor of Parliament Hill School. Millar's articles have appeared regularly in the education supplement of The Guardian newspaper since 2003.

Between 2003 and 2010 she was chair of trustees of the Family and Parenting Institute, and now chairs the National Youth Arts Trust. She also chairs the Trustee Board of the Young Camden Foundation.

Millar received the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award from the National Union of Teachers in 2009, for her campaigning for good quality local comprehensive schools as against academies. That same year she wrote The Secret World of the Working Mother, a book about finding a balance between working and being a mother.

In 2010, Millar helped form the Local Schools Network, a pro-state schools pressure group.

In 2018 she published The Best for My Child. Did the schools market deliver?” to mark the 30th anniversary of the Education Reform Act 1988.

Personal life

Millar's brother is QC Gavin Millar. Her partner is Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former director of communications. They have two sons (born October 1987 and July 1989) and a daughter (born April 1994); her two sons attended William Ellis School. They live in Gospel Oak. She is a patron of the National Association for Special Educational Needs and Humanists UK.

Books

  • Millar, Kinnock (January 1995). By Faith and Daring: Interviews with Remarkable Women. Virago. ISBN 1853816329.
  • Millar, Fiona (March 2009). The Secret World of the Working Mother. Vermilion. ISBN 9780091924232.
  • Millar, Fiona (May 2018). The Best for My Child. Did the schools market deliver?. John Catt Educational. ISBN 9781911382645.
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 22 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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