A Special Adviser, in the British political system, is an adviser retained by a Minister to give political advice. Although technically a civil servant, a special adviser does not have to have risen through the civil service ranks, and can be an external appointment.
Current and former special advisers in British politics
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- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2267020.stm Ministers 'kept e-mail spin doctor']", BBC, 18 September, 2002.