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MU kicks off election for new general secretary as John Smith announces retirement

Laura  Barnes
MU kicks off election for new general secretary as John Smith announces retirement

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has announced an election for its new general secretary role.

Current general secretary John Smith is standing down in July after 15 years in office.

Two candidates have been put forward to a ballot of members after a nomination process took place. The candidates are MU executive committee member Kathy Dyson and MU assistant general secretary Horace Trubridge.

"As my time as general secretary of the Musicians' Union draws to a close, it's gratifying to look back and see how the MU has consolidated its position within both the music industry and the trade union movement,” Smith commented. “I took over at a time of internal political turmoil and spent my first few years stabilising the organisation.
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"I then oversaw the Union's restructuring and modernisation. This was achieved successfully, which allowed me to concentrate on the MU's position as an important music industry body and an independent specialist trade union.

He concluded: “I've had a great group of people working with me over the last 15 years and I'm sure that the MU will go from strength to strength after I've retired this coming summer."

The ballot of members will be held between March 6th – 27th.

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