Ingham backs Short over spin doctor attack

Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary, has defended Clare Short’s claim that Government spin doctors are out of control.

Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary, has

defended Clare Short’s claim that Government spin doctors are out of

control.



’She is undoubtedly right. She does seem to be the target for spin

doctors. She is right to say they have too much power and they should be

curbed in the long-term interests of the Government. They should learn

how to behave,’ he said.



His comments follow the International Development Secretary’s outburst

against staff at the Foreign Office. In an interview in the Independent

on Sunday, Short claimed Foreign Office officials told journalists that

she would be sidelined in the Government’s dealings with the leaders of

Montserrat, the island devastated by volcanic eruptions. The Foreign

Office has denied the claim.



The offices of Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and Clare Short refuse to

comment further on the row. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: ’We

believe now is the time to look forward. Our focus is to overcome the

misunderstandings between the Government and the people of Montserrat.’



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