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Mandy Telford (born 5 June 1976) is the former President of National Union of Students from 2002 to 2004, having served the previous two years as President of NUS Scotland. She was the fifth woman to hold the NUS presidency and was twice elected as the Labour Students candidate.
Telford attended the Scottish private school Dollar Academy and was educated at the University of Strathclyde. For the final year of her Education course (1999-2000) she was vice-President of the Students' Association at the Jordanhill campus.
As President of the National Union of Students, Telford led the campaign against the government's controversial policy to charge university top-up fees, becoming a regular writer for The Guardian and a broadcaster on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Telford went on to work for the British trade union Amicus (now part of UNITE the union) as the Dignity at Work (bullying) campaign coordinator and was Special Adviser to Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Telford was married to John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness and former Special Adviser to his predecessor in that seat, John Hutton. They have two daughters. The couple separated in late 2014, and Telford returned to live in Scotland with the children. They divorced in 2015.
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