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Women in Democracy

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15-21 November is Parliament Week– an annual event that raises awareness about Parliament and democratic life in the UK. This year, the theme is ‘Women in Democracy’, and I am pleased to support it. My first job was at Barings bank in the 1980s and I was one of the first female executives to work there. At the time,…

Eating breakfast

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One in seven school children arrive without having had breakfast. Unfortunately a reasonable number of these come from difficult family backgrounds. Starting a challenging school day having possibly come from an argument at home, or worse, combined with no food is a tough start for a child – breakfast is, after all, the most important…

Celebrating Commonwealth designers at London Fashion week

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I am looking forward to attending “Splendours of the Commonwealth”, (www.splendoursofthecommonwealth.com) on September 12th at the May Fair hotel. It’s a catwalk show, celebrating talented fashion designers and models from the Commonwealth as part of London Fashion Week.  London Fashion Week has grown to become one of the big four global fashion trade shows, promoting…

Crime – perception and reality

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First the good news. International students have ranked the UK as the safest place to study because of its multicultural society, the perception that people don’t carry guns and its good medical care, according to new data from the British Council’s Student Insights survey. Safety has grown as a concern to students – surpassing cost of…

What do we want from an Olympic legacy?

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Lord Harris of Haringey is currently conducting an inquiry into the Olympic legacy (The Committee on Olympic and Paralympic legacy). I suspect we all have very different ideas of what a good legacy would look like. The Government of course has come out one year on with some (difficult to substantiate or disprove) statistics proving…