Simon Danczuk MP said following reports that Craig Oliver and Maria Miller's special advisor threatened the Daily Telegraph over reports on the Culture Secretary's expenses:
“These are serious allegations about two special advisers which call their integrity and professionalism into question.
“If Craig Oliver threatened the Telegraph without David Cameron’s authority, that looks like an open-and-shut breach of the special advisers' code. But if the Prime Minister authorised his special adviser to use the threat of Leveson Report discussions to discourage the publication of an embarrassing story, then that is potentially even more serious. And the same applies to Maria Miller and her special adviser Joanna Hindley – if these allegations are true then one of them has broken the rules.
“The Ministerial Code is very clear: ministers must not allow any conflict between their public duties and their private interests. Neither ministers nor those working for them should let protecting their own personal reputation take precedence over the public interest."