Helen Duffett appointed Internal Communications Manager for Lib Dems

Helen Duffett — Lib Dem blogger, tweeter, and much-loved member of Lib Dem Voice’s editorial collective — started today as the party’s new Internal Communications Manager. All of us at the Voice wish her the very best in this vital role.

We are delighted that Helen has agreed to continue to fulfil the role of contributing editor, and look forward to her remaining a full member of the team here at LDV Towers.

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  • Dinti Batstone 18th Jan '11 - 10:05pm

    Congratulations Helen, this is great news and well deserved!

  • Cllr Andrew Waller 18th Jan '11 - 10:17pm

    What does Internal Communications cover as its remit ? We mainly understand the reason why our MPs are having to make the hard choices they have to make (government debt and deficit), but explaining what they are doing relative to other choices that could be made is harder.

  • Richard Huzzey 18th Jan '11 - 11:21pm

    Helen will surely do a brilliant job (congratulations!) but I hope the party will give her some better material to communicate.

  • So that means LDV is now going to be run by Cowley Street. Not great for open and free discussion within the Party. I suggest Helen ceases her involvement in LDV and allows the independence of this website to continue.

  • @FH
    I disagree – I think it’s very helpful to have an “official” voice on independent websites. So long as it’s transparent when Helen is writing in a personal capacity and when on behalf of the party, I think we benefit. There are many issues on which I’d like to hear the party’s reasoning for its actions, and this might be a useful way of doing this.

  • @FH – Helen is great, and independent, so it will be a good thing. But it will also be obvious and clear when she is writing… so shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Simon McGrath 19th Jan '11 - 12:08pm

    excellent news

  • Tony Dawson 19th Jan '11 - 6:43pm

    Since this appointment is for the Liberal Democrats and not the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party or leadership, does this mean that Helen will be busy communicating the message and policy of the Party, as interpreted by the President of the Party, rather than of some small group (however exalted) within the Party?

  • Depressed Ex Lib Dem 19th Jan '11 - 10:25pm

    “We have this policy so that people can choose to take part in the discussions which interest them …”

    So what is the correct way of taking part in a discussion about the interesting – and important – issue of the NHS reforms, which Helen and the rest of the LDV “team” have not seen fit to post on?

  • Kirsten de Keyser 19th Jan '11 - 11:07pm

    I guess an Internal Comms Manager communicates, er, internally?

    In any event, Helen is an expert communicator and I’m sure she’ll do a fantastic job, whoever she’ll be communicating with. Many congratulations Helen!

  • I see no Iceberg 20th Jan '11 - 1:00am

    Let us return to praising Helen because if there’s one thing Nick needs more of it’s Communications managers to feed him such wonderful lines the public loves like “Alarm Clock Britain.”

    @ Depressed Ex Lib Dem
    The correct way is to be quiet and do as you are told for the sake of free speech.
    The LDV team is quite right and that minor matter should never have been spoken about or spoken about again, despite it being probably the most important issue this parliament.

  • Depressed Ex Lib Dem 20th Jan '11 - 9:31am


    If the problem is that none of the “team” has time to write a piece that can be posted to allow on-topic discussion of the NHS reforms, I’ll be happy to do so myself. I can do a short, objective summary, briefly mentioning the arguments on both sides. But before I go to the trouble of doing that, I’d like an indication that it won’t immediately be thrown in the bin.

  • Depressed Ex Lib Dem 20th Jan '11 - 11:15am


    You’re completely missing the point. The problem is that because there has been no post about the NHS reforms, there is nowhere on LDV that people can discuss the NHS reforms without their comments being deleted because they are “off-topic.” All that’s needed to get round that problem is a short post about the NHS reforms. It need do no more than link to an online news story about the reforms (which is all many LDV posts do anyway).

    Anyway, I see that something by Paul Burstow has now been posted, so the problem no longer exists.

  • Depressed Ex Lib Dem 20th Jan '11 - 11:17am

    And I wish you wouldn’t misrepresent what people say. I didn’t ask for a “guarantee that what I wrote would be published.” Only an indication that it wouldn’t simply be binned without further consideration.

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