DIARY: Special advisers hit by Forth's forthrightness

Special advisers took a bashing at last week's panel discussion run by the Society of Conservative Lawyers at Portcullis House, Westminster.

MP Eric Forth was scathing in his attack: 'If a minister can't do his job without special advisers then they shouldn't be doing the job.'

Forth claimed special advisers tended to lack experience of the 'real world'. When presented with a roll-call of former advisers, including the cabinet's Patricia Hewitt and Jack Straw, he replied: 'I rest my case.'

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