Nick Clegg’s director of strategy, Richard Reeves, has announced that he is to step down from his position after deciding to move to the United States. Reeves was instrumental in establishing the 5-year Lib Dem coalition strategy, which he famously represented on a graph plotting “Lib Dem identity” and “Government unity and strength” over the five year parliament. Reeves was previously the head of Demos, and biographer of John Stuart Mill.
The Guardian has more on Reeves’ resignation:
[Reeves] and his American-born wife, Erica, are to depart for the US in the summer to give a chance for his two dual-nationality children to be raised in the US and be educated in American schools. They are 13 and 10.
Reeves stressed he was not deserting his boss due to disillusionment with the party’s prospects after the latest national poll showed the Liberal Democrats trailing Ukip. He regards judgments about the outcome of the next general election as ridiculously premature.
He said: “It has been a huge honour and incredibly exciting to be part of the first peacetime coalition for decades, and also, as a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, to serve Liberal Democrat ministers.”
* Nick Thornsby is a day editor at Lib Dem Voice.