Liberal Democrats moving HQ : the future’s bright

The sun sets on Cowley Street

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:

Chris Fox writes:

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.

Best wishes,

Chris Fox
Chief Executive


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:

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:

70 Whitehall

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.


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.

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  • Simon Titley 26th Aug '11 - 4:41pm

    Judging by Simon Cooper’s “sneak preview photos”, it would seem that the party’s blue – sorry, ‘aqua’ – colour does not feature in the internal decor of the new HQ.

    Is it safe to assume that this corporate colour scheme has been quietly dropped?

  • Simon Titley 26th Aug '11 - 5:14pm

    @Greg Judge – “policies to back up the new look”. Shouldn’t it be the other way round?

  • David from Ealing 27th Aug '11 - 7:37am

    I agree that those desks don’t look very user-friendly. Open plan can be fine – but everyone needs their own territory.

  • Jonathan Webber 27th Aug '11 - 8:00am

    Irrespective of colour, open plan design or whatever other niggle there is to complain about, I am sure that we would all like to congratulate HQ (I suppose no longer to be referred to as Cowley Street) on their new, upgraded offices and to wish Chris and his colleagues well. May as much success, more, flow from the new as it did from the old.

  • Mark Smulian 27th Aug '11 - 1:06pm

    The new HQ looks a world away from the old Liberal Party headquarters when it was in the National Liberal Club in the decade before the merger.
    There, in a warren of office partitions dividing what had been palatial Victorian reception rooms, could be found all manner of party members, in what became a sort of Liberal drop-in centre, and even members of the public who had wandered in (usually the kind who claimed to need to speak to David Steel at once as they possessed ‘secret information’), since there was no security in those days.
    Temporarily homeless Young Liberals could be found sleeping in odd corners, Liberator was assembled with Cow Gum and layout boards at weekends on the table normally used for party committee meetings, extravagant green mould, whose origin one did not wish to discover, filled the urinals in the adjacent gents’ toilets, and one now prominent party commentator claims to have his shagged his then girlfriend on the office floor.
    That’s what I call ‘fit for purpose’ premises!

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