NUJ PR & Communications branch
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PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0207 843 3729
Chair: John Millington
Vice Chair: Debbie Cavaldoro
Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141
Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry
Auditors: Charles Harkness & Barry White
Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne
Branch Web Managers: Mick Holder & Barry White
Branch Equality Officer: Shumon Ali-Rahman
Welfare Officer Natasha Wright
DM Convenor Anita Halpin
Sector NEC member: Sian Jones
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Future branch meetings 2018
New Venue until further notice: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.
Meetings: Wednesdays 6.30pm 10 January (AGM). 14 February (Conference business). 14 March.
Two Freemason 'lodges' For Political Journalists Still Operating Secretly In Westminster, Reports Guardianby Arun Kakar, Press Gazette
Two Freemasons lodges set up for political journalists in Westminster were today revealed by the Guardian to still be operating in secret.
The Gallery and Alfred Robbins Lodge are both composed of political journalists, with 45 and 11 members respectively, and meet four times a year at the Freemasons hall in Covent Garden, the paper said.
The identities of the members, made up of journalists based at Westminster in the political corps known as the lobby, are not known.
A spokesperson for the United Grand Lodge of England told the Guardian: “None of the members who have joined either of these two lodges since 2000 have their occupation recorded as journalist or anything obviously linked to the newspaper industry.”
A third lodge, the New Welcome that’s features MP’s, peers and parliamentary staff among its members was also uncovered.
A member said that it keeps a “arm’s length” from the two journalist lodges, as they “wouldn’t want journalists listening to their conversations”.
Several political journalists took to Twitter to poke fun at the Guardian story.
Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn: “If Guardian journalists know so much about a Lobby Freemasons’ lodge, perhaps they have a confession to make. First I’ve ever heard of it in ten years in Westminster.”
Telegraph political correspondent Christopher Hope added “For the three of you who have asked me this morning, I am not a Freemason”.
Politics UK editor Ian Dunt said of the revelations “this is so gross”.
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