Wed, 23 January, 2019

A message from the Queen

Former Daily Record news sub Ken McMaster sent us some happy news about his parents’ recent and notable wedding anniversary. You can read all about it in Members’ Noticeboard…


Tony Bassett: read all about it

FORMER Sunday People journalist Tony Bassett began writing books three years ago after more than forty years in journalism, and has just had his first novel published. Read all about it in Members’ Noticeboard

Congrats to Chris, our new trustee director

WELL DONE Chris Rushton – he won the election for a new trustee director of the Mirror Group Newspapers Pension Scheme.

The announcement was finally made officially in the recently distributed Pensions News, the newsletter sent to all Scheme members by the trustee of MGNPS. Votes cast are not available as yet.

Calling all Scots

THERE’S a loyal band of Scots members which supports the AMP annual meeting every year – thank you! But if you’re an MGN pension scheme member or deferred pensioner in Scotland who hasn’t joined AMP – and there are some 4,000 of those all over the UK and beyond – here’s a special offer just for YOU.

Here’s the deal. If you’re not an AMP member but would like to be, come along to the annual meeting in Glasgow on November 21 and we’ll sign you up at the door.

Membership of AMP is a snip at just £10 for life! And as a member you’ll be able to join old friends and colleagues at the meetings, where you’ll also hear from the Trustee and the Company. AND you’ll be able to put questions to the speakers.

And, probably best of all, you’ll receive two cracking full-colour magazines every year – free.

Our Spring issue contains mainly news, data, info, facts and figures. Our bumper 16-pager in the autumn is packed with all the latest AMP and pension news and updates, plus features, members’ stories, and more.

Our newsletters are a must for all ex-MGN folk wherever they live – but are exclusive to members only. So if you want to read them, you have to join.

If you plan to come along to the meeting and join AMP on the day and you’re drawing your pension, please bring proof of your pension payroll number. If you are a deferred, please talk to our friendly man on the door and he’ll sort you out.

This year’s AMP Scottish annual meeting is on Wednesday, November 21 at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail offices in Glasgow. Full details of venue and speakers can be found in the story below – “Annual meetings 2018 – new details”.

So do come and be part of the AMP family – the more, the merrier. It’s full of people just like you, and as members we can all keep in touch.

Memories are made of this

REMEMBER this picture? It was posted on the All Our Yesterdays page in April, 2016 following website contact with Bill Campbell’s widow Carole, who sent the photo across.

And now, thanks to two members with long memories, we can fill in some of the missing details. You can go to the drop down menu Join Us>All Our Yesterdays to get the update.

Mirror Pensioner – out now!

The latest AMP newsletter, Mirror Pensioner autumn 2018, hits the doormats this week. Its 16 full-colour pages are packed with news, features, facts and figures. And obituaries.

Have you got your copy? If you’re an AMP member you should receive your Mirror Pensioner shortly, if you haven’t already.

Want to check whether you’re a member of AMP? Please use the form on the Contact Us page and we’ll confirm for you.

Annual meetings 2018 – new details

A REMINDER that the Association’s 2018 AGM in London will be at 11.30am on TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 at the usual venue, St Alban’s Centre, Baldwins Gardens, off Gray’s Inn Road, London EC1N 7AB.

Free refreshments will be available from 11am if you would like to come along a little earlier and catch up with old friends – or make some new ones.

We can now confirm that the speaker from Reach plc will be group finance director Vijay Vaghela. New independent trustee chairman Quentin Woodley will also speak. Reach plc deputy finance director Philip Brown, and Scheme secretary/trustee director and group pensions manager at Reach plc, David Astley, will both attend.  Group pensions admin manager Carol McNamara will also be there.

The Scottish annual meeting is at 11.30am on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at One Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA. Speakers and attendees as above, minus Carol.

We look forward to seeing you – health and travel problems permitting.

TRUSTEE ELECTION: Vote for Chris Rushton

The AMP endorses candidate CHRIS RUSHTON in the current MGNPS trustee election and we urge members to vote for him. Chris is a former sub-editor (and chapel rep on pensions) on the Daily Record. This is his election statement:

As someone who lost out substantially as a result of pension promises made – and not kept – during the Maxwell era, I will always have a special concern for the safety of our pensions and those of our colleagues.

All trustees, whether pensioner, management or independent, need to do their best to safeguard and grow the pension fund to protect the livelihoods of pensioners and their dependants.

We only have to look at the daily headlines to know that this a time of far-reaching changes in the pension world, not least in occupational pension schemes. There is a greater need than ever for reassurance, watchfulness, a sense of togetherness and help on big issues and in individual cases. That is why it is the job of a trustee to not only take a close interest in the internal affairs of our own pension funds but also be alert to developments in the wider world of pensions.

I have had experience of working for the old Mirror Group and Trinity Mirror at all levels from trainee reporter to editor and serving on executive management committees. I value this opportunity to put this experience to the benefit of all MGN pensioners.


Chris Rushton was a product of the old Mirror Group graduate training scheme in Plymouth. He went straight to the Daily Record and worked as a news sub for eight years. He was NUJ chapel rep for pensions and was heavily involved in the month-long strike against Robert Maxwell’s interference. Shortly afterwards, he took a bronze handshake and left to set up his own PR/design company.

Chris kept his editorial hand in by splash subbing for the Sunday Mail on Saturday nights. He moved back into full-time journalism when he became assistant editor of the Sunday Sun in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Within a year he was appointed editor and he turned the loss-making paper into profit while doubling the staff and INCREASING circulation. He remained as editor for seven years, and the title won a host of awards, including UK Regional Newspaper of the Year.

He left a year after the deadhand of Trinity newspapers (the company that later merged with Mirror Group) took over, and moved immediately to become managing director of a national PR firm. In 2000 he was appointed Head of Journalism & PR at Sunderland University. He built the department from scratch and took early retirement in 2014 by which time he was responsible for 20 staff, 40 visiting lecturers and 500+ students. Chris was made a Visiting Professor of Journalism.

He is now a media consultant, commentator and trainer. He has also been appointed to various boards and committees by the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Dept for Education, and Ministry of Defence. In addition, Chris has served as a non-executive director on voluntary bodies in the NE region. Chris lives in Morpeth, Northumberland, with his wife, Julie Bradford, who is also an ex-hack having worked for the Newcastle Chronicle and Agence France Press.


Jeremy’s golden years

Read all about Jeremy Chapman’s milestone wedding anniversary in Members’ Noticeboard


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