Media enquiries

Press office contacts

Ministry of Justice press office

Journalists with enquiries can call the news desk on 0203 334 3536.

The news desk 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. Emergency media calls (out-of-hours): 020 3334 3536 - you will be automatically diverted to the relevant duty officer.

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

Sam Haq

Deputy head of news

Simon Barrett

Chief press officers – specialist desks:

Contact specialist desks via the news desk for filming and visit requests, and long lead enquiries.

  • Justice (Criminal, Civil and Family): Seb Walters
  • Prisons: Richard Jones
  • Courts and Law: Rebecca Gough
  • News desk and Probation, Female and Young Offenders: Ben Stack