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Government SpAds: Special Advisers in the news

8 April 2014 Last updated at 14:07 BST

Government Special Advisers, known as SpAds, are meant to help ministers with issues too political for the civil servants to touch, such as briefing the media, or injecting the party line into a new policy.

In a Daily Politics film, Giles Dilnot looks into the archives to see how some of them have ended up in the news for the wrong reasons.

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