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Sunday 7th October 2012 | 16:50
Looks like CCHQ have realised that this age of austerity lark can go too far.
After much angst among special advisers, who were threatened earlier this year with being forced to effectively pay their own way at conference, I can report a breakthrough.
Yes, spads faced with the prospect of 'bunking up' with their respective ministers' hotel rooms have been rescued from the fate of sharing their bathroom.
It seems that Grant Shapps has stepped in to save the day and authorised spending so the spads can get their very own rooms (admittedly at a very reasonable rate in low-cost hotels, not the Hyatt).
Cue much celebration among the hard-pressed, put-upon spad ranks.
The party chairman knew that conference made so much money for the party that the least it could do was help out those who fight hard for their ministers (without anything like ministerial salaries).
Funnily enough, I blogged last year on a similar row among Labour spads, who finally got to stay at conference without paying out of their own pocket.
On this subject at least, it's Spads United...
UPDATE: I'm told that Labour did indeed drive a hard bargain with its spads over their 5-day stay this year in Manchester. The hard-fought compromise was that 3 nights were paid for by the party, but 2 nights had to be out of their own pocket.
That meant £250 quid hole in said pockets for poorly paid advisers, while party staffers got all 5 nights paid for. Crossparty spad solidarity exists, but some in Labour are more equal than others it seems
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