An ousted MP has returned to his roots in the events industry.
Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd lost his Eastbourne seat to the Conservative candidate Caroline Ansell at the general election in May.
He will take the reins as business development director at West End, an international event, broadcast, multi-media communications and exhibition company, based in Lloyd’s former constituency.
Lloyd was business development director at The Grass Roots Group before entering Parliament in 2010.
In the wake of his defeat, his supporters launched a Facebook group calling for the 20,201 people who voted for him to donate £9 each to pay off his £175,000 mortgage.
He told CN that he was overwhelmed by the offer buy did not contemplate taking it up. He said he is looking forward to being “thrown in at the deep end” on 13 July.
He said: “Politics is all about winning people’s hearts and minds by conveying ideas clearly and with passion, and that’s very much what West End does. A big part of what I loved about being an MP was being able to solve people’s problems. The difference with West End is that we find solutions to corporate challenges rather than personal ones.”
Graham Power, CEO at West End, said: “We are all delighted Stephen has agreed to join us. His proven track record of delivering results, his hard working principles and his focus on creating solutions represents a perfect match for West End.”