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
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
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
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.’