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National Union of Journalists leader to stand down

Jeremy Dear, leader of the National Union of Journalists, has announced he will stand down before th

Jeremy Dear today fired the starting gun on the first National Union of Journalists leadership race for a decade by revealing that he is to stand down as general secretary.

Dear, one of two people in the union's hundred-year history to serve two terms as general secretary, will stand down before the end of the year.

He said today he had only ever intended to serve two terms in office.

Dear, was elected as the union's youngest ever leader in 2001, is expected to step down in the summer once a successor has been appointed.

Press Gazette understands that Dear does not have another job lined up - and that he is not planning to run for the vacant of International Federation of Journalists general secretary position.

Dear served as president of the NUJ and national organiser for newspapers before becoming general secretary. He rose to prominence as a trade unionist leading an 11-month strike in protest at de-recognition of the NUJ at the Essex Chronicle.

He said: "It was the proudest moment of my life being elected general secretary and I have been honoured to have had the opportunity to serve our union at every level over many years.

Full story at the Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette