Extract from ministerial code on special advisers

3.3 All special advisers must uphold their responsibility to the Government as a whole, not just their appointing Minister. The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment. Individual Ministers will be accountable to the Prime Minister, Parliament and the public for their actions and decisions in respect of their special advisers. It is, of course, also open to the Prime Minister to terminate employment by withdrawing his consent to an individual appointment.

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#1 Nick on 04.25.12 at 1:59 pm

All special advisers must uphold their responsibility to the Government as a whole

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There in lies the problem. It’s all about politics and bugger all about the public good.

#2 Dan on 04.25.12 at 4:43 pm

The key line there would seem to be: “The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment” – so why if one of Hunt’s team has resigned for inappropriate conduct, why is Hunt still in place? Perhaps Hunt will adopt the defence of Murdoch Junior – “I didn’t know, I didn’t ask, I wasn’t told”.

#3 The ministerial code | Alan Gibbons’ Blog on 04.26.12 at 12:05 am

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