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Saturday, September 04, 2010

William Hague breaches Ministerial Code on Myers appointment as SpAd

William Hague breaches Ministerial Code on Myers appointment as SpAd

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In 1995 William Hague's answer was totally different than the answers he has given in Chris Myers case. Note this time he does not say with the approval of the Prime Minister. Nor did he interview other candidates first before appointing Chris Myers, nor advertise the post vacancy. I can only conclude that William Hague is in breach of the Ministerial Code on Special Advisers.

Ministerial Adviser

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the requirements for candidates for the recent appointment for a political adviser to the Secretary of State; what factors determined whether this post was advertised; and if he will list the previous experience, the current pay and length of contract of the successful candidate. [4857]

Mr. Hague: With the approval of the Prime Minister and after interviewing a number of candidates I appointed Mr. Barnaby Towns personally as my special adviser.

His salary has been negotiated individually and in relation to previous earnings and is confidential. It is on a salary spine of 34 points ranging from £19,503 to £67,609; appointments are non-pensionable and the salary reflects this.

Source: Hansard

"Ministerial Code

3.2 With the exception of the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers may each appoint up to two special advisers (paid or unpaid). The Prime Minister may also authorise the appointment of one or two special advisers by Ministers who regularly attend Cabinet. All appointments, including exceptions to this rule, require the prior written approval of the Prime Minister, and no committments to make such appointments should be entered into in the absence of such approval. All special advisers will be appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract for Special Advisers and the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers


Emma said...

He was approved by Cameron. And what's all the crap with this guy only being 25. George osbourne was even younger when he was a special adviser!

jailhouselawyer said...

I hardly think Gideon is a good example to follow...

Anonymous said...

George is chancellor and therefore very powerful whether you like him or not. He's a fine example.

This story is dying. Everyone but you is bored. I have no love for William Hague but I do feel sorry for him in this instance.

The problem some bloggers, and this particularly applies to you is that you make stuff up. In an earlier post you said that William Hague admitted to sharing a bed with this man. He didn't and I believe you knew that at the time. You have no principles.

The reason that Guido is less repulsive than you is that he smears and hints but he does not twist the facts to suit his agenda. If, as a blogger, you wish to hold people accountable you should be accountable yourself. Then you might get some respect.