DM2011: Conference Clash punk shock horror
General secretary explains a point of order to delegate - © Mark Thomas
General secretary outlines plans to merge all NUJ working parties - © Mark Thomas
11 April 2011
Journalists meeting in Southport were shocked to learn that outgoing NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear is abandoning his trade union career for another branch of entertainment.
As NUJ conference delegates gathered in Southport's Floral Hall for a light supper after a day of incisive debate, they were awed to be told that their quiet and retiring leader is planning to go "on the road" when he leaves the helm at the world's biggest union for journalists this summer.
21-year-old Dear – who will perform as 'Mad Eyes Jerry' – plans to develop a new career as a singer, and he auditioned for the role with a performance at the conference event with The Clash tribute band Cheapskates.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary-elect, said:
"It was certainly interesting, but we will be consulting with our grassroots members through our Tea Dance Working Party to establish future policy on musical entertainment.
"Sing-along numbers like 'Janie Jones' are certainly popular with the older delegates, but it may be that our younger members would prefer something more modern and fab groovy, as I understand they say."
Note: The above is not strictly true, if you want to see what Jeremy is really getting up to, follow his and Paula's travel website.