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 What is your best Christmas memory?

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Methodist Recorder had a special festive feature for this year’s Christmas edition, on the theme of Christmas memories. Meg was amongst a variety of Methodists who provided an answer to the question ‘What is your best Christmas …

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 A Sustainable Future for the Overseas Territories

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

On a Ministerial visit to the Cayman Islands Meg gave the following speech to the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.   I’m delighted to be here in the Cayman Islands. Not just to exchange the December cold at home for the temperature …

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 Yorkshire puddings and the FCO

Friday, December 14, 2007

Meg was featured in the December issue of News + Views, the magazine for FCO staff, with the following question and answer article.   The crisis in Burma has taken up a lot of your time recently what more can the FCO do to help find a …

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 Two-way traffic: forced migration and modern slavery

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Meg attended a seminar jointly organised by the Foreign Office and the Royal Commonwealth Society on migration and slavery. She was part of a panel on the topic, took a question and answer session and gave the following speech.   I am pleased …

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 A source of creativity and innovation

Monday, December 10, 2007

Meg made the following remarks at a FCO Disability Awareness event in London recently.   I am delighted to be here, and to be able to show my support by opening this Disability Awareness Event.   We are holding this event to celebrate …

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 Toasting the Territories

Saturday, December 8, 2007

At a reception to mark the ninth Overseas Territories Consultative Council in London Meg made the following remarks.   It’s a great pleasure to welcome you here to mark the ninth Overseas Territories Consultative Council. I want, in …

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 Central American Connection

Friday, December 7, 2007

This article first appeared in Overseas Trade, to subscribe visit www.overseastrade.co.uk.   The UK is one of the largest foreign investors in Panama and the two countries enjoy a strong relationship, with close co-operation on issues such as …

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 Working for Britons held overseas

Sunday, December 2, 2007

At a reception held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to recognise the work of ‘Prisoners Abroad’ the organisation caring for Britons held overseas, Meg made the following remarks. For further information visit: …

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 Meeting future needs at the FCO

Friday, November 30, 2007

At a recent meeting of the Foreign Office senior management women’s network, Meg gave the following speech.   Over the past 30 odd years much has changed as regards sex equality. For instance, it’s easy to forget that at one time …

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 Shared Problems, Shared Possibilities

Sunday, November 25, 2007

At the EU ASEAN (Association of South Eastern Asian Nations) summit held in Singapore, Meg gave the following speech.   I’d like to start by thanking the Singaporean Government for hosting this summit and to congratulate ASEAN on its …

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 Central American Forum 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Meg Munn, Minister with responsibility for Central America, spoke at a reception at Lancaster House to mark the opening of the Central American Forum 2007. The Forum is intended to promote democracy, regional integration, good governance and …

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 Singapore Links

Thursday, November 8, 2007

At a meeting of the Singapore British Business Council Meg made the following remarks.   I’m delighted to be at this reception for the 16th Plenary of the Singapore British Business Council. It’s my pleasure to welcome the …

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 Not For Sale: raising awareness, ending exploitation

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The following is the foreword for the book Not For Sale: raising awareness, ending exploitation recently published. For further details visit: http://www.mph.org.uk/   I welcome this important book. Its combination of factual pieces, …

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 The links between slavery, poverty and development

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

At a conference organised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development Meg gave the following speech.   I am very pleased to be here today, not least because I have been closely involved since …

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 Debate on Burma

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The House of Commons held a debate on Burma on the 29th October 2007, Meg’s closing speech is below.   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Meg Munn): This has been an excellent and important …

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 We must not forget the brave people of Burma

Monday, October 29, 2007

The following was published in the Sheffield Telegraph 26th October 2007.   The peaceful demonstrations in Burma calling for democracy brought hope to a country ruled for so long by a brutal military regime. To have that hope crushed by …

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 50 Years of Malaysia-British Partnership: Moving Forward

Sunday, October 28, 2007

At a conference held in London to celebrate 50 years of Malaysian independence Meg gave the following speech.   I’m delighted to be here for this opening session of what promises to be a day of interesting debate, focussing on how we …

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 Burma interview with the BBC Burmese Service

Friday, October 26, 2007

The following is a transcript of an interview (answers only) given by Foreign Office Minister Meg Munn to the BBC Burmese Service in London on Thursday 25 October 2007.   What the British Prime Minister is setting out is that we want there …

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 Active Against Forced Marriage

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

At the opening of a conference on ‘Forced Marriages’ organised jointly by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office, Meg made the following remarks.   Welcome to Lancaster House, and to the Foreign & …

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 Britain and International Development: the Pacific and Beyond

Thursday, October 18, 2007

During a Ministerial visit to the Pacific region, Meg gave the following speech at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The event was co-hosted by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and the Pacific Cooperation …

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 Celebrating our diversity

Monday, October 15, 2007

Meg was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Women, her speech follows.     Thank you for inviting me today.   I’m pleased that you have come to Sheffield for your meeting the city where I …

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 Burma - keep up the pressure

Monday, October 15, 2007

The following article was written for the House magazine’s 15th October issue.   We do not know every detail of how the Burmese regime crushed the peaceful protests of monks and ordinary citizens a fortnight ago. How could we? The …

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 Human Rights debate

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Human Rights Annual Report 2006 was produced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and subsequently commented on by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Both publications were debated in Westminster Hall on the 11th October. …

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 Photographs of Freedom

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Meg opened an exhibition of photographs by women from Hull and Sierra Leone at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. This was part of the Wilberforce Women 2007 project and the photographs are personal interpretations on the themes of Freedom, Pride, …

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 Aspiring Africa

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Meg was asked to speak at a meeting organised jointly by the British Council and the BBC World Service on the theme “ASPIRING AFRICA - How can Brown’s government help meet the hopes of the continent?” Her contribution follows. …

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 Mutuality and Women

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The following article appears in the summer issue of The Common Good, magazine of the Christian Socialist Movement (CSM).   The ‘buzz’ of having control of your working life, making the big decisions, realising a dream, is often …

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 Debate on Zimbabwe

Friday, July 20, 2007

The House of Commons held a debate on Zimbabwe on the 19th July 2007, the main part of Meg’s opening speech is below.   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Meg Munn): I welcome this debate. …

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 Looking Back, and Forward

Thursday, July 12, 2007

At a meeting of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Gender Network Meg gave the following remarks on her time as Minister for Women and Equality. The group comprises FCO staff from all grades and departments which meets regularly. It is …

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 Thoughts on Tony Blair’s resignation as Prime Minister

Friday, June 29, 2007

Meg was asked by the Methodist Recorder for her thoughts following the resignation of Tony Blair as Prime Minister after 10 years in the job.   There’s no doubt the country is in better shape than it was 10 years ago more people in …

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 Train to Gain

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

At a seminar held to highlight the success of the Train to Gain programme Meg gave the following remarks.   I’m pleased to be here to help raise awareness of the Train to Gain pilot in London.   It’s important we make more …

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 Promoting Women’s Enterprise

Monday, June 18, 2007

At the launch of the London ‘Women’s Enterprise Action Plan’ Meg made the following remarks.   I am very pleased to be here to launch the London Development Agency’s ‘Women’s Enterprise Action Plan’. …

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 Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting

Friday, June 15, 2007

Meg recently represented the UK at the Commonwealth Women's Affairs Ministers Meeting in Kampala, Uganda. Following two days of discussion the meeting reached a number of conclusions on the importance of increasing investment in gender equality. …

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 Financing Gender Equality for Development and Democracy

Monday, June 11, 2007

As Minister for Women and Equality, Meg attended the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers meeting nr Kampala, Uganda. This gathering, held every three years, had as its central theme ‘Financing Gender Equality for Development and …

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 Hours to Suit

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

At a conference organised by Working Families and Lehman Brothers Meg gave the following speech.   I welcome the Hours to Suit report with it innovative ideas of how employers can make flexible working arrangements work for them. There are …

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 Driving Change - Action on Women at Work

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

At a conference organised by Opportunity Now to launch their Benchmarking Report 2006/07, Meg gave the following speech.   Thank you for inviting me to speak today.   I want to applaud the work that Opportunity Now have been doing to …

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 Developing Services for Gypsies and Travellers

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

At a conference about Gypsies and Travellers Meg gave the following speech.   Good morning. It’s good to be here and to have this opportunity to speak to you.   When talking about Gypsies and Travellers it’s useful to bear …

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 Creating a Society at Ease with Diversity

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

To mark the ‘European Year of Equal Opportunities for All’ an opening event was held in Manchester, at which Meg gave the following speech.   I’m pleased to be here to launch the UK’s contribution to the European Year …

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 Keeping the Trust of ‘Worcester Women’

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The following article was written for the May edition of Progress, for details visit: http://www.progressives.org.uk/index.asp   1997 was the first General Election at which Labour was women’s 1st choice party - and the elections of …

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 Changing the face of youth work: promoting minority participation

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

At a seminar organised by the UKYouth organisation Meg gave the following speech. For details of UKYouth: http://www.ukyouth.org/   Thank you for inviting me to take part in this seminar.   Feeling empowered to participate must be a …

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 10 Years of Labour Achievements

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The following piece was written for the Progress website: http://www.progressives.org.uk/Magazine/article.asp?a=1719   It’s tempting to write about my constituency, more jobs, new schools and improved housing. There’s also …

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 “BREAKING THE CHAINS” Exhibition

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Meg spoke at the opening of the “Breaking the Chains” exhibition in Bristol, her remarks are below. The photo shows Meg with Baroness Howells, a direct descendant of a slave and who also spoke at the opening. For further details: …

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 Working Together: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

At the first national conference of Muslim and Jewish women ‘Working Together’, Meg gave the following speech.   I want to thank both the Joseph Interfaith Foundation and Alif-Aleph for organising today’s event. I …

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 Yorkshire Forward Ladies

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

At an event held in the House of Commons Meg made the following remarks to ‘Forward Ladies’ - a group of women entrepreneurs from Yorkshire.   Can I first welcome you to the House of Commons, well to the terrace anyway! It’s …

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 Gender Equality in the Boardroom

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Meg attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management and gave the following speech.   Thank you for inviting me here to speak to you today.    I know from my own experience prior to becoming an MP as a senior manager in …

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 Asian Women - Future Leaders

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Meg was invited to speak at the ‘Asian Women’s Day’ event organised by E3 - the Association for Empowerment of Asian Women at the Docklands Campus of the University of East London, her speech is below.   Good morning and …

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 Equality in 21st Century Britain

Saturday, March 24, 2007

At a meeting held by Bournemouth Fabian Society Meg gave the following speech.   Thank you for inviting me here to talk about equality in Britain today.   I think we have a diverse society, one in which men and women have equality of …

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 Migration - Sharing Good Practice

Thursday, March 22, 2007

At an event organised for local authorities by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) on the management of migration, Meg made the following remarks.     Good …

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 Bringing Different Perspectives Together

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

At the national conference of the UK Association of Women Judges Meg gave the following speech.   Good morning.   I am pleased to be here, in front you, for the 2nd time this year hopefully for all the right reasons. I was very …

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 Pioneers and pamphleteers

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The following article records Meg meeting film director Michael Apted and learning how the techniques of modern lobbying were forged in the anti-slavery crusade of William Wilberforce. Published by the The House magazine, see: …

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 Reaching out to Communities

Sunday, March 11, 2007

At the recent Northern Labour Women conference held in Leeds, Meg gave the following address.   Good morning. I’m pleased to be here and delighted to see so many northern women gathered together. I particularly want to welcome sisters …

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 Women in Leadership Roles in the Public Sector

Friday, March 9, 2007

At a conference hosted by the National School of Government on International Women Day Meg gave the following speech.   I’m pleased to be here today - celebrating women’s achievements all over the world. Today’s event gives …

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 Driving Improvement for People and Places

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

At the Local Government Association (LGA) annual improvement conference in Nottingham, Meg gave the following speech.   It’s good to be back in Nottingham. As some of you know, I spent a number of years here including 4 years as a City …

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 Planning for Gypsies & Travellers

Thursday, March 1, 2007

At a conference on Gypsies and Travellers organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Meg gave the following speech.   Gypsies and Travellers are among the most socially excluded minorities in the country. Their life expectancies …

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 Diversity in Public Procurement

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Meg gave the following speech at a conference organised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Public Services Forum.   This is a well timed event. The Equalities Review final report, Fairness and Freedom, was published yesterday, and …

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 Putting a Stop to Human Trafficking

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In the Spring issue of the Fawcett Society magazine, Stopgap, Meg had the following article.   Trafficking women and girls for sexual exploitation is an appalling crime. 2007 will be the bi-centenary of the ending of the slave trade. …

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 Prosperous Economies, Cohesive Communities

Sunday, February 11, 2007

At the Local Government Association ‘Urban Conference’ held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne recently, Meg gave the Ministerial address.   Communities are under pressure, subject to forces that strain their existence but also increase their …

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 UK Family Policy

Thursday, February 8, 2007

At an international conference organised by the German think-tank, the Friedrich Egbert Stiftung, Meg gave the following speech.   I’m pleased to be here today to talk about UK family policy, and to listen to the experiences from other …

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 Gender Equality Duty - is Local Government Ready?

Thursday, February 1, 2007

At a conference hosted by the LGA (Local Government Association) for the EOC (Equal Opportunities Commission) on the impact the forthcoming Gender Equality Duty will have on local authorities Meg gave the following speech.   From April 2007 …

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 Summit on Equality and Diversity

Thursday, January 25, 2007

At the West Midlands regional summit on Equality and Diversity, Meg gave the following speech.   Your conference is at an opportune time. It reflects the Government’s commitment to creating a Britain in which every individual can fulfil …

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 Transforming Work

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

At a conference organised by the Equal Opportunities Commission to launch their new report ‘Working outside the box’ Meg gave the following remarks. For details of the report visit: …

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 ’Idealist minister fights for equality’

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The 20th January issue of War Cry, the paper of the Salvation Army, carried an interview with Meg about her beliefs and political career. For further details visit: www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki MEG MUNN MP talks to Nigel Bovey   SHE is the …

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 Highlighting Some Priorities

Monday, January 15, 2007

At a recent meeting of the northern region of the UK Association of Women Judges, Meg gave the following speech.   I have had experience of coming before women judges before. In my previous job as a social work manager I came before them …

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