Media enquiries

Press office contacts

Ministry of Justice press office

Journalists with enquiries should call the Newsdesk on 0203 334 3536.

The Newsdesk is the point of contact for all breaking news and major developments, including interview requests, central co-ordination of departmental enquiries, facts, figures and statistics, statements and diary information.

The desk operates from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. The same number should be used to reach the Press Office outside of this time. You will be asked to leave a message and the duty press officer will call you back.

If you are not a member of the media, please use the Ministry of Justice public enquiries line: 0203 334 3555.

Press office senior management team

Head of News

Richard Jones

Deputy Heads of News

Anna Rutter and Richard Mellor

Chief press officers – specialist desks:

Contact specialist desks via the Newsdesk (0203 334 3536) for filming and visit requests, and long lead enquiries.

  • Prisons: Freddie Isbister
  • Probation and female offenders: Shannyn Quinn
  • Courts and law: Jack Robertson
  • Justice (including victims and sentencing): Sarah Cottrill
  • Newsdesk: Seb Walters