09/06/2014 10:57 BST | Updated 09/06/2014 10:59 BST

SpAds From Hell: After Fiona Cunningham, 12 Spinners Who Became The Story

Whether they are causing mischief for their enemies, the press or their bosses, special advisors are there to take the flack and sometimes the fall for their ministers.

On Monday, it emerged the war of the cabinet ministers was actually the war of the so-called SpAds. Michael Gove and Theresa May were not the only ones at loggerheads over the 'Trojan Horse' letter which purported to reveal Islamist extremists infiltrating Birmingham schools. In fact, the row had been rumbling for months, with David Cameron's chief spinner Craig Oliver keen to deal a blow to May's SpAd Fiona Cunningham, who has now resigned.

So who are the most infamous SpAds behind the most famous politicians, who found themselves not just spinning the story, but becoming the story themselves.

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