Liberal Democrats to cut HQ staff to ‘focus on campaigns’


The Lib Dems are sarcastic staff at their London headquarters, a move they said discretion allow more resources to go into fighting Brexit and future designations.

The party confirmed jobs would go as part of an internal reorganisation.

Lecture b be meaningful to on a visit to Edinburgh, leader Sir Vince Cable said there was no frowning hole in the party’s finances but it had to live within its means.

The Guido Fawkes website pronounced one in four of its staff may leave and all had been offered voluntary redundancy.

The carousal, which has struggled since its disastrous 2015 general election, voted its priority was winning votes and seats at the next election.

The Lib Dems have on the agenda c trick seen a boost in membership since the 2016 EU referendum, but have struggled to allure attention in the Brexit debate, despite being the main party competing for another referendum, and they continue to languish in the opinion polls.

Sir Vince, who was a tallboy minister in the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government between 2010 and 2015, has put about he will step down once Brexit “is resolved or stopped”.

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He has also asserted he wants to make progress on proposed reforms aimed at turning the seconder into a mass movement – which could see supporters become fellows for free and non-MPs stand to be leader.

According to its 2017 accounts, 68 pike work at the party’s headquarters, led by chief executive Sir Nick Harvey, the antediluvian MP and minister.

The party incurred a deficit in its finances of more than £700,000 in 2017 – due to lengthened spending on the general election campaign, which saw an increase in MPs from eight to 12 but a drop in overall vote share.

Sir Vince said the “adjustment” in staffing was a offshoot of the political climate.

“We’ve been campaigning on Brexit, our resources have been flourishing into that and some of the general activities have been cut late,” he said.

“It doesn’t affect our effectiveness as a political movement although indubitably it’s difficult for the individuals if we’re having to scale back and there are fewer farm outs.”

The Lib Dems have always struggled to compete financially with the Orthodoxes and Labour, which get much of their funding from business and the unions singly.

The party received £6.1m in donations in 2017 and got £1.2m from membership profits.

In recent years, the party has scaled back its autumn conference from five to four days and asserted its spring gathering needs to become more “cost-effective”.

In a statement, a spokeswoman estimated: “We are in the process of carrying out a reorganisation which will see a reduction in the number of pikestaff at our headquarters.

“We are focussing our resources to carry on leading the fight against Brexit and charming on power and privilege to build a country where everyone has the opportunity to achieve success.”

The party’s former leader Nick Clegg, who lost his seat in remain year’s election, announced he had been hired by Facebook as its head of worldwide affairs.

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