DFEE resignation sparks spin fear

October 24, 1997

THE resignation last week of Jonathan Haslam, director of communications at the Department for Education and Employment, has fuelled speculation over government spin-doctoring. Mr Haslam, who will join the London Metal Exchange as director of corporate affairs, insisted his departure was a "career decision" and that he leaving on good terms. "It's just that chances like this come up once in a lifetime," he said. There had been reports that he was embroiled in "discussions" with ministers about "political" press releases, which would breach civil service codes of impartiality.

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