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Grant Shapps is hiring his own photographer – although ministers defend Boris Johnson spending thousands on frivolous snappers because they work ‘cross-government’
Tory minister Grant Shapps intends to spend almost £100,000 a year in taxpayers’ money on glossy photos and videos.
The Sunday Mirror can reveal the Transport Secretary is hiring a makeup photographer funded by his own taxpayer.
And he brought in a professional video production team to create viral videos for him.
It comes after Boris Johnson faced new questions about the use of private photographers at the public expense, who are given access to events that press photographers Independents are denied participation.
Cabinet Office Minister Nigel Adams this week claimed Boris Johnson’s publicly funded snapper team represents value for money, because they work “cross-government”.
But Mr Shapps is advertising his own snapper – a “visual storyteller” – which is paid £42,466 a year in taxpayers’ cash.
Meanwhile, the DfT has released details of a £50,000 contract awarded to Yada Yada, a video production company.
It is understood that the company behind Mr Shapps’ viral video with Michael Portillo promoting the contest to host the new Great British Railways headquarters.
Shadow Transport Minister Louise Haigh said: “The Tories are running bus and rail services, while the man in charge splashes taxpayer money at a fictitious photographer.
“Instead of spending £100k in public money trying to make herself look better, the part-time Transport Secretary could try her job and fix Tory’s mess on his public transport. we.”
She added: “From sly wallpaper to close-knit contracts, the public has always paid the price for Tory’s wastefulness.”
In the job advertisement, the Department for Transport (DfT) says the successful candidate will have “a credible image and the ability to tell a compelling story?”
It also says they should have “a keen news sense and a high level of political awareness”.
A DfT spokesperson said: “It is true that we showcase the opportunities that the Civil Service offers across the UK, as we review the National Upgrade and have appointed an agency to help bring about out this vision.
“Separately, the Department advertised a photographer to support its long-standing work and that of any related agencies, helping to inform the public about the important work we have to offer.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/grant-shapps-blows-almost-100k-26336961 Grant Shapps blows almost £100k in public money on fictitious videos and photographers