McConnell in preparation for next May’s Scottish parliamentary elections.
His arrival has been criticised in the Scottish media – his appointment takes the number of special advisers in the executive to a record 12, the maximum permitted. Their combined wage bill is around £750,000 a year, prompting the Tory opposition to brand it a ‘cavalier use of taxpayers’ money’.
Trainer quit Luther last autumn after seven years (PRWeek, 7 October 2005). He has since worked for
Coca-Cola on a ‘community engagement’ project that staved off threats by student unions to boycott the soft-drinks firm. Prior to Luther, Trainer was president of the National Union of Students.