Scorn embroiling premier back in public eye (9)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'public eye' is the definition.
('spotlight' can be a synonym of 'public eye')
I don't understand the rest of the clue.
(Other definitions for spotlight that I've seen before include "Public eye", "Prominent position", "exposure", "Draw attention to", "fame", "put in the public eye", "Beam directed on small area or on stage performer", "Focused illumination", "Give prominence to" and "Illumination focused on small area".)