East Anglia political editor Annabelle Dickson to chair regional press Westminster group

The Eastern Daily Press and East Anglian Daily Times political editor Annabelle Dickson is to chair the regional press's group of political correspondents in Westminster.

She replaces Jack Blanchard as chair of the Newspaper Conference, which represents London editors and the political correspondents of regional newspapers. Sunday Post political correspondent James Millar has been appointed her deputy.

Dickson joined the Eastern Daily Press as a trainee in 2008, where she was the deputy chief reporter in King’s Lynn and latterly the business writer. She returned to Archant to join the lobby in March 2013, after a stint on the Press Association city desk.

She said: "I am looking forward to representing the interests of the local press industry in Westminster and continuing to make the case for better access to politicians for regional journalists."

The vacancy arose after Blanchard left the regional lobby to take up a role with the Daily Mirror's politics team in Westminster. He was previously political editor for the Yorkshire Post.

The Newspaper Conference revolves around a series of lunch meetings, at which senior politicians are invited to address members and answer questions relevant to regional newspapers.



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