Former North Devon MP and Defence Minister, Sir Nick Harvey, has been appointed as the Interim Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrat Party.

His appointment follows the departure of Tim Gordon, who left after being in the post for over five years.

Sir Harvey says he hopes to help "revive Lib Dem fortunes."

I am greatly looking forward to supporting Vince Cable as our new Leader, and hope that working closely together we can further revive Lib Dem fortunes. The party has shown great resilience. Now we have a real opportunity to begin the process of moving forwards again.

Sir Nick Harvey

Sir Harvey had been an MP for North Devon for 22 years, from 1992 to 2015, serving on the House of Commons Commission.

He was also chair of campaigns for the Liberal Democrats in the late 1990s.

Nick has a vast amount of experience in parliament and government, as well as in management in the private sector. It is a coup to have someone of his ability to run the party machine at a time of exciting opportunity for the Liberal Democrats.”

Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat leader