International News: Liberal Dems hire editor to fill press liaison post in fall

LONDON: After a four-month vacancy, the Liberal Democrats have filled their director of press and broadcasting post.

LONDON: After a four-month vacancy, the Liberal Democrats have filled their director of press and broadcasting post.

LONDON: After a four-month vacancy, the Liberal Democrats have

filled their director of press and broadcasting post.



Elizabeth Peplow, who is assistant editor of Horse and Hound magazine,

will fill the post in September, the same week leader Charles Kennedy

delivers a keynote address at the party conference.



Peplow, who has worked for Horse and Hound for seven years, is not known

to be a party activist. However, she has been involved in the party in

various forms since 1983.



This is Peplow’s first job in political PR. She worked for the British

Telecom press office between 1987 and 1990 and did a three-year stint as

a senior news reporter on the Henley Standard before arriving at Horse

and Hound in 1993.



Peplow will report to chief whip Paul Tyler, who is responsible for all

parliamentary staffing issues within the party.



She is expected to work closely with communications director David

Walter, who assumed a more involved role during the four months the

party was without a press and broadcasting chief. Once Peplow takes the

reins, Walter will focus on broader presentational issues, including

party political broadcasts.



Peplow replaces Jeremy Browne, who left the Liberal Democrats to join

Edelman.



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