Mandy Telford

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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.

Early life[edit]

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.



From 2000, she served as NUS Scotland's Women's Officer before being elected to consecutive one-year terms as NUS Scotland President.

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.

Political career[edit]

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.[1]

In 2013 Telford was elected as a councillor in Cumbria County Council for Walney South, Barrow-in-Furness.[2] She resigned in January 2015.[3]

Telford has been a member of the Progress strategy board.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Telford was married to John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness and former Special Adviser to his predecessor in that seat, John Hutton.[5] They have two daughters. The couple separated in late 2014, and Telford returned to live in Scotland with the children.[6] They divorced in 2015.[5]


  1. ^ "NUS presidents: where are they now?". totalpolitics. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cumbria County Council elections: Hung council again". BBC. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mandy Telford". Cumbria County Council. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Telford, Mandy (31 March 2015). "The doorstep challenge". Progress Online. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Prince, Rosa (7 August 2015). "Liz Kendall hits out at unfounded sex smears". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Anna Smith". The Westmorland Gazette. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Owain James
President of the
National Union of Students

Succeeded by
Kat Fletcher