Who’s Who at LibDem HQ

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According to a well placed source the LibDem’s campaign is structured as follows;

Ground war: Paul Rainger (40-ish, bit of a hippy, quietly spoken, tall, gangly, greying long hair, looks like someone who you might find at a folk music festival) is indeed campaigns director in that he commands the campaigns department eyrie on the top floor at Cowley Street, but in reality, is effectively number two to the maestro, Lord Chris Rennard, who is the party’s chief executive (and former campaigns director) and who retains a significant hands-on role in terms of the “ground war” campaign.

Between these two and their underlings, who include Hilary Stephenson (mumsy, rosy cheeked, about 50, Rainger’s deputy), and Richard Pinnock (early 30’s, tubby, owlish glasses, runs campaigns in the North), Duncan Borrowman (south), and Mark Pack (e-campaigns, afro-haired), there is very little this lot don’t know about campaigning and constituencies, and are amongst the most formidable political organisers in the country.

Air-war: Lib Dem air-war type stuff including media & presentation is largely the domain of Lord (Tim) Razzall, chair of the Campaigns Committee. Sandy Walkington (ex head of communications, BT) has recently been appointed as head of media replacing David Walter who is standing to replace John Burnett in Devon West.

A number of Cowley Street policy officers and press officers staff the “war-room” which is in charge of rebuttal and briefings, this comes under the stewardship of George Crozier, head of the party’s parliamentary office.

Elsewhere, Brian Eno, the ex-Roxy Music band member, is urging people to Vote Lib Dem This Time and is supported on the website by political heavyweights such as, errm, Nicholas Parsons. Those wondering who is behind this little wheeze should ask blogging MP Richard Allan, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam.

Tomorrow: Inside New Labour’s secretive campaign HQs! More anecdotes about Patrick Loughran would be much appreciated.



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