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NUJ members in London: watch out for ballot papers

THE FREELANCE learned over the weekend that for some NUJ members the sending of ballot papers for the current National Executive Council (NEC) London seats election had been delayed. Members with a Greater London address are eligible to vote.

We have now confirmed that 659 members - whose union membership record showed that they wanted not to receive NUJ publications such as the Journalist by mail - were not initially sent ballot papers.

The top of an NUJ ballot paper

Are you an NUJ member with a Greater London address? You should have received this. (Ballot number blurred out.)

We understand that these have now been sent by first class post. They have been sent with first class prepaid reply envelopes. Administrators believe this leaves these members time to exercise their right to vote.

All ballot papers have to be received by Monday 25 October by post. So if you have a ballot paper, complete and post it now. If you get one, complete and post it immediately.

There are two NEC seats to fill. The Freelance observes that two of the three candidates - Deborah Hobson and Matt Salusbury - are London Freelance Branch members.

NUJ members who have an address in one of the London boroughs can vote in this election. That includes all the London geographical postcodes. It also includes those boroughs on the edge of the metropolis that don't have a London postcode but do have the words "London borough" in their title. Please drop a line to the Freelance via if you are eligible to vote but still hadn't received a ballot.

To opt in to receive future NUJ information by post, log in to the NUJ website and change your mailing preferences.

  • This replaces an item posted on Sunday 17 October before we had clarified what had happened.