Aitken departure leaves big gap at Central Office

The Conservative Party’s central campaigns team will be without a manager from next week as senior communications executives have failed to move quickly to replace current campaigns head Alex Aitken, who leaves this week.

The Conservative Party’s central campaigns team will be without a

manager from next week as senior communications executives have failed

to move quickly to replace current campaigns head Alex Aitken, who

leaves this week.



A senior source at Central Office said the party was ’actively looking’

for a replacement but the Conservative director of field operations,

Stephen Gilbert, who oversees all PR and campaigning, has yet to

announce a replacement for Aitken.



The position is one of the key management roles in the communications

team at Conservative HQ, with responsibility for co-ordinating the team

of eight campaigns staff who ensure ongoing momentum for key

Conservative vote-winning issues.



The departure of Aitken comes in a week that new opinion polls indicate

that the Tories are making some progress among voters for the first time

since the last general election, having effectively campaigned on issues

such as law and order and asylum seekers.



Aitken joins the London Borough of Westminster as head of communications

at the end of May.



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