Now that the Lib Dems are in power the party no longer gets “short money” and therefore has had to reduce its headcount at Cowley Street in Westminster. Unsurprisingly this has prompted a difficult period for those who have not kept their jobs or found new ones in government.
In the light of this morning’s blog about everyone wanting to hug/hire a Lib Dem I’ve been passed a list of 10 former staffers who either are or have been looking for new jobs. I’d be surprised if most don’t find new work given the sudden need for UK plc to understand/befriend the yellow party.
Because the Lib Dem press office won’t confirm or deny the names I can’t guarantee that some of the 10 may not have found work already. But this list has been circulating in the public affairs world in recent days – with CVs attached.
James Lloyd (former political adviser DEFRA), Anne Marie Christoffersen (former researcher in Lords), Diana Yeboah (former press officer), Donald Campbell (press officer), Kathrine Bancroft (former acting head of media), Mark Haslam (press officer), Matthew Hindle (Parliamentary/legislative adviser and former chief of staff to David Laws), Mike Girling (press officer for Clegg), Nav Rai (policy adviser on energy and environment), William Davies (press officer)
It goes without saying that any of the 10 are welcome to meet up for lunch or a coffee with the FT during the dog days of August. We’re not going anywhere.