Wed, 20 October, 2021

Alan Livermore

Posted: June 16th, 2021

THE AMP Committee needed strengthening following the sad departures of members Richard Polyblank and, more recently, Peter Cook, as well as Stephanie Kerstein having stepped down following her appointment as an MGNPS trustee.

So it is a great pleasure to welcome a new committee man, former Daily Mirror sub-editor and FoC ALAN LIVERMORE.

He said: “I think the Maxwell pension fund scandal of the past proves the need for a strong pensioners’ watchdog. Steve Turner did a magnificent job helping to retrieve the pension-fund shares that Maxwell handed to the banks as security for his dodgy loans. [The late Steve Turner was founding chairman of the British Association of Journalists.]

“I hope my many years in newspapers and experience of union office will be of help to the AMP.”

Alan was educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Bucks, leaving with eight O-levels, two of them in English. He started reporting on the Bucks Examiner in Chesham, and his first assignment was interviewing Churchill’s war-time chauffeur after Winston’s death in January 1965. That was Alan’s first front page byline… and he was hooked!

Alan moved on to the Bucks Advertiser in Aylesbury, where he spent 3 years as a reporter. Among his interviewees was Robert Maxwell, when he was MP for Buckingham. Everyone knows the rest of that man’s story…

Alan learnt sub-editing in Aylesbury and was later offered a job co-editing two papers in Luton – the Saturday Telegraph and the Tuesday Pictorial – as well as sub-editing on the Luton News. From Luton, Alan moved to Preston where he spent three years sub-editing on the Lancashire Evening Post. Then on to the Oxford Mail subs’ desk where he was also NUJ branch secretary, followed by 18 months on the Southend Evening Echo.

From Southend, he moved to the Daily Mirror as a sub-editor in 1979, later also becoming FoC. Alan, who is married with a son and daughter, took early retirement from the Mirror in 2008, continuing as a casual sub-editor until finally retiring from journalism in 2016.

Now his main interests are golf, dinghy and yacht sailing, and meeting up for occasional long lunches in London with former colleagues.

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