Platell made head of Tory media after Mackay quits

The Conservative Party’s media director Gregor Mackay has quit his post, just weeks after being appointed (PR Week, 8 January). His replacement is former Sunday Express executive editor, Amanda Platell.

The Conservative Party’s media director Gregor Mackay has quit his

post, just weeks after being appointed (PR Week, 8 January). His

replacement is former Sunday Express executive editor, Amanda

Platell.



Mackay has not announced where he is moving to. In a statement,

Conservative Central Office said he was ’leaving at his own request to

pursue other interests’.



Platell will assume all Mackay’s media relations responsibilities,

overseeing the 15-strong press team at Conservative Central Office. The

party has not decided who she will report to yet.



Mackay combined his media director role with the post of press secretary

to party leader William Hague, a job he has held since September

1997.



Platell will not take over this position. The party has not decided

whether to seek a new press secretary. Deputy press secretary Priti

Patel will handle Hague’s PR until a decision is taken.



Platell, 42, left the Sunday Express at the end of January. She was

previously managing director of the Independent and the Independent on

Sunday.



Hague said: ’Gregor has played a considerable part in sharpening our

media operation during a challenging period for the party. He leaves

with our grateful thanks for his invaluable contribution.’



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