"Liberal Democrat Chief Executive Chris Rennard confirmed today that Mark Littlewood would be leaving his position as Head of Media in the next two months. “The party is very grateful to Mark for playing an invaluable role in the party in the last General Election campaign and in Menzies Campbell’s first year as Leader. During his time as Head of Media the party expanded considerably the size and effectiveness of its media team. Mark indicated to the party his intention to move on last November.” Mark Littlewood told his media team that he had “enjoyed working with the party over the last two and a half years”, and told them of his plans to undertake a number of freelance PR projects in the future. The Liberal Democrats are now seeking a new Head of Media who will report directly to Jonathan Oates,
the new Director of Policy & Communications who takes up his post on March 19th."
So we are really supposed to believe that his departure has nothing to do with his disastrous briefing of Ming's speech last weekend. Oh, pull the other one. The LibDems make great play of being the "honest" party. Don't make me laugh.
In the comments on THIS thread of Mark Littlewood, the editor of LibDem Voice Rob Fenwick questioned my evidence that Mark Littlewood was the spinner. He knew as well as I did who it was. Interestingly LibDem Voice is being quite coy about the whole thing. Ironically, they had a POST revelling in the Mundell/Mercer episode headlined IT'S NOT A GOOD AFTERNOON TO BE A TORY MP. Nor a LibDem Press officer, it would seem.
The fallout from all this is that Ming Campbell will be forced to reaffirm his commitment to PR at the LibDems Welsh Conference this weekend. Perhaps this indicates a minor victory for the left wingers in the LibDems, who have for a long time been outwitted by the Orange Bookers. The long terms effects, of course, is that the LibDems will now come under heavy questioning on both the question of PR and what they would do in a hung parliament. Ming's maxim of "maximum seats, maximum votes" was a good ploy while it lasted. But it will no longer hold water.