Tories hit by exit of top fundraising marketer

The Conservative Party's top marketer, Jane Keene, has quit Central

Office six months after the Tories' second landslide general election

defeat.



It is not known whether she had a job to go to.



Keene, who as director of income generation and marketing was

responsible for the development of the party's fundraising efforts, has

been replaced by Vanessa Ford, who has held a number of marketing posts

for the Tories.



The Conservative Party's membership continues to hover around the

350,000 mark, despite a pledge by former leader William Hague to make

the party more accessible and desirable to non-members.



This week it emerged that the Party has hired ex-Flextech and Citibank

marketer Mike Chattey from below-the-line agency Billington Cartmell as

clubs brand manager, overseeing its range of members' clubs.



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