It’s not just MPs who get taxpayer-backed aides, it seems
Samantha Cameron has hired a 28-year-old former model to pick out her clothes and organise her social diary, it has been revealed.
Taxpayers are footing the £53,000 annual bill for Sam Cam’s official “special adviser” – the same title given to MPs’ political aides.
Rosie Lyburn has modelled for boutique Beulah London and was responsible for organising the Black and White Ball at Tory HQ while events manager.
Labour MP Jess Phillips said the role was a “vanity” appointment.
She said: “I’ve just visited my local Jobcentre, which has had a seven-year recruitment freeze.
“When tough decisions have to be made, I’m not sure the wife of the Prime Minister needs a special adviser.”
While the prime minister has tax-related troubles of his own right now, it seems his wife hasn’t been spared from the revelations. In 2009, Sam Cam received an estimated £30,000 bonus when the sale of Smythson, a stationery company she was a director of, went through. It’s now controlled by an offshore company and is based in two tax havens, though she no longer works there.