The Scottish Liberal Democrat Party has combined its research and
press teams into one department and is looking for a communications head
to help run the operation.
The post will oversee two junior press officers and either work
alongside or oversee the yet-to-be-appointed head of research. The rest
of the 11-strong office consists of policy researchers, who previously
worked for individual parliamentary candidates and will now work in a
pool for the new Members of Scottish Parliament (MSP).
The post will report directly to MSP George Lyon, convenor of the
Willy Rennie, chief executive of the Scottish Liberal Democratic Party,
said: ’We want to make sure the Liberal Democrat message is not
overwhelmed by messages from Labour. We want to get a strategy in place
so that whenever there is a Labour statement, there is a statement from
us, and when we vote differently, there will be an explanation of
The Liberal Democrats have 17 MSPs compared to Labour’s 56. SDLP leader
Jim Wallace will act as deputy first minister and Ross Finnie will be
minister for Rural Affairs, sitting in the nine-strong Labour-dominated
The PR head will need to be in place when the parliament reconvenes in
’Scottish press and politics are very different - we are looking for
someone streetwise,’ Rennie added.
- Jock Gallagher, former executive director of the Association of
British Editors, has joined Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Simon
Hughes as senior media adviser. Gallagher heads a team of 30 journalists
handling Hughes’ PR on a voluntary basis across the country.