Madeleine Bunting has decided to resign as Director of Demos. Since it has emerged that her vision for Demos is incompatible with that of the trustees, she has decided to focus on her interests as a writer and a thinker at this point in her career. She will resume her regular column in the Guardian and her position as Associate Editor, and has agreed a book contract with the publishers Granta, on the future of the countryside.

Madeleine said:

“Demos has played an important role in shaping key public debates in the past, and I wish it well in taking that mission forward.”

Andrew Mackenzie, the chair of Demos trustees said:

“I regret, but understand Madeleine’s decision and wish her the very best for the future.”

Dr Catherine Fieschi has been appointed Acting Director with immediate effect.

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