As the sun sets on Cowley Street, Lib Dem Chief Exec Chris Fox emails party members with the HQ’s change of address and a brief look back, before taking “another big step for the party and our ambitious modernisation programme”. (He also includes a handy list of contact details for other parts of the party.)
Simon Cooper’s sneak-preview photos show that for LDHQ, the future’s bright:
Next week the Liberal Democrats are moving their Headquarters.
Since moving into Cowley Street in 1982, the party and its precursors have seen many changes in politics. Our HQ has been home to many successful campaigns, momentous by-election victories and most recently it was the theatre from which the coalition process was viewed by the media.
Many of us will have happy memories of the party’s history at Cowley Street, but if we’re honest, anyone who has worked here will know that this wonderfully historic building is not really suited to efficient working and good communications between our various teams.
I have been determined as Chief Executive that at the appropriate moment we would make the move to fit for purpose, modern premises and I am delighted that we have finally been able to make this a reality.
From Tuesday 30 August the Liberal Democrats will be based at:
Liberal Democrat Headquarters
8-10 Great George Street
SW1P 3AE [Map]
The main switchboard number remains: 020 7222 7999
Our email address for general enquiries is: [email protected]
The new Liberal Democrat Headquarters will be our home for the next General Election campaign and it offers all the advantages a modern campaigning party needs, as well as even closer proximity to Whitehall and Westminster. Our team will be spread across one open plan floor and we will have more meeting rooms available for staff, politicians and the voluntary party to use for party work. I know that our 70+ HQ staff are very excited about their new working environment.
Though I am pleased to tell you that our Trustees, led by Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, have negotiated a very good deal on our behalf, this move isn’t intended to save us money – it is in fact a fairly cost neutral exercise. I am confident however that it will hugely increase the effectiveness of our professional team and in doing so offer you a better service as members.
Last year, the Liberal Democrats entered Government for the first time in more than 70 years. This office move signifies another big step for the party and our ambitious modernisation programme. We are all now very much looking forward to the next chapter in our party’s history.
I look forward to welcoming you to Liberal Democrat Headquarters sometime soon.
OTHER IMPORTANT PARTY CONTACTS FOR MEMBERS:
MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES: 020 7227 1335 / [email protected]
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: 020 7227 1322 / [email protected]
ENGLISH PARTY ENQUIRIES: 020 7227 1368 / [email protected]
SCOTTISH PARTY ENQUIRIES: 0131 337 2314 / [email protected]
WELSH PARTY ENQUIRIES: 029 2031 3400 / [email protected]
NICK CLEGG: If you wish to contact Nick about his role as Leader of the Liberal Democrats or about a party matter or policy, please write to him at Liberal Democrat HQ:
LEADER OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Liberal Democrat Headquarters
8-10 Great George StreetLondon
Alternatively you might like to email him at: [email protected]
To contact Nick regarding his role as Deputy Prime Minister or about an element of government policy, please write to him at:
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Please be aware that correspondence sent to this address or to Nick at the House of Commons is managed by the Government Direct Communications Team, not the party.
SOME PRACTICAL POINTS:
All party phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.
Mail sent to Cowley Street will be forwarded so don’t worry if you have recently used the old address on literature or sent anything to us.
Local art workers should update their national imprints on locally-produced literature, websites and email footers to incorporate our new address.