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Booth-Smith to leave Localis

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Liam Booth-Smith is to leave his role as chief executive of the right-leaning localist thinktank Localis.

Mr Booth-Smith, who has held the job for two years, is to become director of policy and development at Policy Exchange.

In a statement this morning, Mr Booth-Smith wrote that he had come into the role with a five-year plan which had worked “perhaps too well”, with Localis already being twice the size and putting out three times the amount of research as previously.

“Whilst there is never a perfect time to make a change like this, now is better than most,” he wrote. “Localis is on the up, its standard of research and boldness of editorial is desperately needed, particularly by a local government sector short of critical thinking capacity.

“Localis isn’t just an inheritance worth preserving, it’s an institution primed for another phase of dramatic growth.”

His statement said details on the recruitment of a successor would be made public shortly.

Mr Booth-Smith, who was listed at number 46 in our LGC100 powerlist. He had previously been head of research and communications at the consultancy Impower after moving there from his role of head of communications at the New Local Government Network.

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  • Somewhat unnecessary comment there from Booth-Smith regarding "a local government sector short of critical thinking capacity" - from someone whose own tired right wing rhetoric failed to move the game forwards.

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