Norman quits Lib Dems as party image suffers

The Liberal Democrats' top communicator David Norman has resigned after just eight months in the role. His departure comes as the party struggles in the opinion polls under leader Sir Menzies Campbell.

According to sources close to the party, it was felt Norman ‘wasn't forceful enough' in driving home the Lib Dems' key messages.

Lib Dems CEO Lord Rennard told PRWeek: ‘During David's time as director of policy and comms, he oversaw the growth of the media team to an all-time high, with the amalgamation of our research and policy functions and stronger co-ordination of our policy and press work. Having secured these changes, David decided now was an appropriate time to leave.'

The party is thought likely to recruit a replacement to help it take on a resurgent Conservative Party and a post-Blair government.

Meanwhile, head of press Mark Littlewood manages the 14-strong media team, while Greg Simpson oversees a further 14 policy and research staff. Burson-Marsteller UK chairman Gavin Grant also acts as a comms adviser.

Puja Darbari became Campbell's press secretary in August, joining from The Forster Company. Norman, unavailable for comment, joined in February from WWF.

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