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'No severance pay off' for former press secretary David Gordon

David Gordon, executive press secretary and former Nolan Show editor 

FORMER Stormont press secretary David Gordon will receive "no severance pay off whatsoever" after losing his job with the collapse of the Executive.

Mr Gordon (51) yesterday said he has no regrets in taking on the role, which he held for just six months, following his controversial appointment for the newly created role last September.

He was editor of BBC's Nolan Show when he was appointed chief spin doctor for the Stormont executive, but his selection attracted criticism as it was not advertised.

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness used Royal Prerogative powers to appoint Mr Gordon as press secretary to the Executive Office on a £75,000 a year salary.

Mr Gordon yesterday described when he fully realised he would lose his job.

"I think around Christmas, things had crystalised," he told the BBC Nolan Show.

"It looked like the Executive was going to get through the RHI thing together but that very quickly fell apart and then we had the step aside, stalemate - it was very difficult to see a way through that.

"I can remember sitting at Christmas, thinking I don't see a way through this.. we're back into the what happens now."

Asked if he had any regrets over taking up the post, he said it had been a "fascinating".

"I've had a ringside seat in history, I've learnt a lot more about how government works on the other side.

"So I'm older, a wee bit wiser, a bit more experienced, it has been fascinating and for someone who is a political anorak to see it from the other side has been amazing, so who knows."

Mr Gordon added that he would receive "no severance pay off whatsoever" and was "now doing a wee bit of analysis and journalism and I will see what comes round the corner".

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