DIARY: No sweat for Speaker's PR adviser Stonborough

When House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin blasted Government 'spin doctors' on Radio 5 Live last week, urging Ministers to dispense with them, it begged the question as to what will happen to his own PR man, John Stonborough.

But Stonborough, hired last year (PRWeek, 1 February 2002), to handle Commons media work and raise Martin's profile, is unperturbed.

'I'm no spin doctor,' he says, adding, with reference to Martin's label for special advisers, 'I'm certainly no sweat-rag'.

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