Michelle Stanistreet

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Michelle Stanistreet (born 1974) is an English trade unionist and journalist, now General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). She is the first woman to hold the post her post at the NUJ - she was previously deputy secretary.[1] She replaced Jeremy Dear in July 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Liverpool, the daughter of a police officer, she gained a scholarship to Merchant Taylors' School in Crosby, and graduated with a degree in English and History from Liverpool University.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

Stanistreet worked as a journalist for ten years at the Sunday Express newspaper as feature writer and books editor. She was elected the NUJ Mother of the Chapel at Express Newspapers, almost immediately after Richard Desmond took over in 2000 and campaigned successfully for recognition at the newspapers.[3] Under her leadership, the NUJ Chapel twice reported their own newspaper to the Press Complaints Commission - in 2001 over coverage of asylum seekers[4] and, in 2004, over coverage of Gypsies,[5] unsuccessfully on both occasions.[6]

NUJ positions[edit]

Stanistreet also served as the national representative for newspapers and agencies on the NUJ’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC). In 2006, she was elected vice-president of the NUJ and in 2007-8 served as the union’s President. She was the first woman Deputy General Secretary, elected in 2008, and became the first woman in the NUJ’s history to be elected as General Secretary in April 2011.[1]


In February 2013, in line with the NUJ, Stanistreet was among those who gave their support to the People's Assembly in a letter published by The Guardian newspaper.[7]


  1. ^ a b NUJ NUJ General Secretary biography and information
  2. ^ a b Roy Greenslade "Michelle Stanistreet: The NUJ will punch above its weight", The Guardian (blog), 25 April 2011
  3. ^ Donnacha DeLong Why I’m supporting Michelle Stanistreet, The Revolution Will Be Streamed (blog), 21 April 2008
  4. ^ Julia Day NUJ takes Express to PCC, The Guardian, 7 September 2001
  5. ^ Dominic Ponsford Express staff call in PCC over anti-gypsy articles, Press Gazette, 30 January 2004
  6. ^ Donnacha DeLong The NUJ could have saved the News of the World, The Guardian (blog), 8 July 2011
  7. ^ People's Assembly opening letter http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/feb/05/people-assembly-against-austerity 5 February 2013, The Guardian Newspaper.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeremy Dear
General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists
Succeeded by