The Liberal Democrats' comms chief is quitting the party and returning to his previous employer.
Jonny Oates is to return to Bell Pottinger Public Affairs after just 15 months with the Liberal Democrats. He rejoins as director of strategic media relations. News of his move comes six months after Nick Clegg took over as party leader. Since then, the Lib Dems have failed to improve their standing in the polls, dropping to 16 per cent in a recent ComRes survey.
Clegg has also earned the unwanted nickname 'Cleggover' following an interview with GQ magazine in which he admitted to sleeping with 'no more than 30' women. Oates was previously a director at Bell Pottinger, which he joined in 2004.
He left the agency last year to join the Lib Dems as director of policy and communications, overseeing a 14-strong media team and a further 14 policy and research staff.
So, who will now take on one of the most unrewarding jobs in British politics?