Sir Nick Harvey, former North Devon MP, will be serving as interim chief executive of the Liberal Democrats.

Former North Devon Lib Dem MP Sir Nick Harvey has been appointed as the Liberal Democrats' interim chief executive.

Mr Harvey steps into the footsteps of Tim Gordon, who left earlier this month, while the permanent role is advertised.

He was the MP of North Devon for 22 years, from 1992 until he was ousted from his seat by Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones.

Mr Harvey said: "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."

Party leader Vince Cable added: "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."

The advert for the permanent role will be published next month.