Jersey ministers spend £1,500 a day on Tory spin doctor

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A FORMER Tory spin doctor and Downing Street special adviser has been paid £18,000 for 12 days' work advising Jersey's ministers, the JEP can reveal.

The bill to employ Ramsay Jones – which works out at £1,500 a day and has been footed by taxpayers – is on top of the £33,500 paid to UK PR company Portland Communications to help ministers answer questions from the international press once the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report becomes public.

The Portland spending was revealed in the States this week. There was no mention during the sitting of the contract with Mr Jones.

Asked if the spending represented value for taxpayers, Chief Minister Ian Gorst reiterated comments made in response to the questions on the Portland arrangement.

'It is important that government is prepared for the anticipated national and international interest in the report of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry,' he said.

Full story in Friday's JEP.

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