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.