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DM2011: NUJ elects first woman general secretary

6 April 2011

The NUJ has elected its first ever woman general secretary – Michelle Stanistreet, the current Deputy General Secretary, will take up the role from 1 July.

Michelle was declared elected by the union's National Executive Council today after the only other candidate, freelance member Chris Youett, withdrew.

Michelle Stanistreet said:

"I am immensely proud to be elected to lead our union – and to be the first woman to have the opportunity to do so.
"I will repay the faith placed in me by working hard to build our union, speak up for members and stand up for journalism."

Jeremy Dear, the out-going general secretary, has served 10 years in the role. He said:

"The union is in the best possible hands. Michelle has been a fantastic deputy and has always fought resolutely to defend journalists and journalism. She will work tirelessly on behalf of all members and to ensure the NUJ is and remains the voice of journalists in the workplace and throughout the industry."

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