And AD LIB’s new editor is….

If you subscribe to the party’s in-house magazine AD LIB, you’ll know that Abi Glidden, the current editor, is leaving. In her final editorial, she says that editing the magazine has been a pleasure and that subscriptions have risen by 16% since it was launched a year ago. We wish her well in her new endeavours.

She announces also that her successor as editor of AD LIB is none other than




The Divine Ms Duffett herself (pictured here with LDV Co-editor Stephen Tall)


Helen Duffett and Stephen Tall

Helen Duffett and Stephen Tall

I caught up with her today and asked her what she planned to do with her new role. Her answer was intriguing.

I’m excited about taking on Ad Lib and growing it into a brand that goes further than the paper magazine. I’m planning on having a lot of fun with it, and I’d love for Lib Dem members to be a big part of that. The first thing I did as Editor was contact the Doctor Who press office about a Peter Capaldi interview; negotiations are ongoing so I remain on Doc Watch until that happens! Look out too, for more debates, inside stories and campaign inspiration in 2014.


This is an editor with style and ambition. I like that. And nobody knows how to have better fun than our Helen. Oh, and I bags going along as her minion if she gets that interview…

Good luck to Helen and we’ll look forward to reviewing her first edition in January.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Oh dear.

    After a lot of thought I decided against subscribing to Ad Lib.

    When I discovered it would include a regular recipe feature my decision seemed sound.

    If it is now going down the Dr Who route ……………………………………………

  • We have been receiving regular copies of this at our house even though we have never subscribed. So I am curious about the subscription numbers quoted by the out-going editor.

    How many people subscribe?
    How many were really Liberal Democrat News subscribers whose subscription has been transferred to ‘Ad Lib’?

    It is difficult to see why the style of ‘Ad Lib’ is appropriate for a political party magazine.
    It is more like the in-house staff magazine of some large and anonymous city corporation; the sort of glossy but inane publication that none of the employees really read.

    What is the purpose of ‘Ad Lib’ ?

  • Recipes and Dr Who . Not very enticing. I don’t subscribe although I did get ( and still have) every copy of Lib Dem News and its SDP predecessor.

  • Hmm. If Duffett is taking over it might be worth reading. Although I still think it’s tiny for the price you pay. Will keep noseying at my candidate’s copies till I decide…

  • Peter Andrews 12th Dec '13 - 10:49pm

    I’ll admit I thought Helen already was the editor of Ad Lib

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