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 Child protection and child abuse

Friday, December 19, 2008

During the Christmas Adjournment debate in the House of Commons Meg gave the following speech.   I am delighted to take this opportunity to speak in the recess Adjournment debate. I intend to deal with the issue that was just raised by the …

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 Has the UK forgotten its friends in the Pacific?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Meg recently spoke at the Pacific Islands Society, which was held at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), her speech is below. For details of the Society visit: http://www.pacificislandsuk.org/index.html   It’s a commonly …

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 How is the British Government supporting peace, freedom and democracy in Africa?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

At a conference discussing the British Government’s approach to Africa Meg made the following remarks.   Thank you for inviting me here to speak to you.   I welcome this event because Africa is of concern to the UK. Here in …

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 Child Protection when it goes wrong

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The following article was published on the website of Progress http://www.progressonline.org.uk/Magazine/article.asp?a=3608   The tragic death of Baby P and the sexual abuse suffered by two girls for years from their father again raises …

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 ‘Opportunities for International Co-operation after the US Presidential Elections’

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Meg attended the recent Council meeting of the Socialist International as the representative of the UK Labour Party. She spoke on the opportunities for international co-operation following the election of Barack Obama as President of the USA, her …

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 Post Olympics China and its role in the World

Monday, September 29, 2008

Meg was asked to make some remarks at a meeting on ‘Post Olympics China’. She was joined on the panel by the Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying and John Prescott MP. The event was chaired by Ian Stuart MP, Vice-Chair of the All Party …

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 Only Party in the Village

Monday, September 22, 2008

Meg was invited to make some short remarks at a Labour Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) reception however the organisers forgot to provide a loudspeaker to overcome the dance music from the neighbouring nightclub! The remarks she …

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 Amnesia in Ibiza and broke in Madrid

Friday, September 19, 2008

The following is one of Meg’s blogs on the new site ‘FCO bloggers: Global conversations’ - http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/   Being the Minister with responsibility for consular activities, means that I am concerned with …

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 Burmese commemorations

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Meg hosted a reception at the Foreign Office to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1988 uprising in Burma, she gave the following speech. I’d like to welcome you to the Foreign Office this evening. We are here to mark the twentieth …

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 Reunite: helping the children

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

At the start of reunite’s national awareness campaign Meg sent the following short contribution for their new website. Their campaign will end on the 4th December; during this time they will undertake a number of initiatives to raise the …

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 Honouring Chevening scholars

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Meg made the following remarks at a reception to honour Chevening scholars and thank their sponsors. For details about Chevening visit: http://www.chevening.com/ A warm welcome to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I’m glad to see so many …

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 Tackling Forced Marriages

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

At an event held in York to highlight changes to the law brought about by the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 Meg gave the following speech. For further details visit: …

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 UK Kazakhstan: a business partnership for growth

Monday, July 7, 2008

At the recent “Kazakhstan Growth Forum” Meg made the following remarks. The Forum was supported by the Foreign Office, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It provided a platform for potential …

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 Polar Regions

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The following are remarks that Meg gave at the end of a short debate in Westminster Hall on the Polar regions. For the full debate visit: …

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 Ethical Dilemmas

Monday, June 23, 2008

At the ‘ethical dilemmas’ conference organised by the Northern Region of the Co-operative Group at Northern College, Meg made the following remarks.   Thank you for inviting me to speak today.   I joined the Co-operative …

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 Women, peace and security

Friday, June 20, 2008

At a meeting organised by Faith Regen Foundation Meg gave the following speech.   I will speak today on the theme of women, peace and security; and how the inclusiveness and equality we prize so highly here in the UK must be an integral part …

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 To make a positive difference

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Meg made the following speech at a Rethink seminar in Sheffield. The seminar was about encouraging people who are involved with mental health care to engage in politics, see: http://www.rethink.org/     Thank you for inviting me to talk …

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 Humanitarian assistance and Fairtrade

Monday, June 16, 2008

Meg was invited by David Chaytor, MP for Bury North, to speak at a meeting he had organised with Tearfund at the Holcombe Brook Methodist Church in his constituency. Her speech is below.   Thank you for coming along this morning.   My …

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 New Challenges of Foreign Policy: Perspectives from the UK

Monday, June 9, 2008

Whilst on a Ministerial visit to Malaysia Meg gave the following speech to the Chevening Alumni Malaysia.   It is a great pleasure to speak at an event organised with the Chevening Alumni Malaysia. Chevening Alumni represent a large part of …

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 Burma out of sight but not out of mind

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The following article appeared in the 29th May 2008 edition of the Methodist Recorder.   Burma faces its biggest humanitarian crisis since the tsunami in 2004, with thousands homeless and at risk of disease. On the 2nd May the category 3 …

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 A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: the Roadmap

Thursday, June 5, 2008

At the publication of “A Women’s Place is in the Boardroom: the Roadmap” Meg gave the following remarks. For details of the book visit: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=281017     Three years ago at …

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 Awards for Excellence 2008

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

At the recent Awards ceremony for staff of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Meg gave the following speech. For details of UKTI visit: https://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk/     I welcome you to the sixth UKTI Staff Awards the Awards for …

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 Strategic framework for the Foreign Office

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A debate in Westminster Hall entitled ‘Strategic Framework for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’ was replied to by Meg as Foreign Office Minister. For the full debate: …

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 Our Challenges, Our Opportunities

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Whilst in Australia on a Ministerial visit, Meg gave the following speech at the Oaktree Foundation. For details about the Foundation visit: http://www.theoaktree.org/Public/Home.aspx?Page=o2nVYiHOxg4=&opt=t+qdIzohkJM=   I’m very …

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 A new direction for UK Foreign Policy

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Whilst on a Ministerial visit to Australia, Meg spoke at a seminar organised by per capita, an independent think tank. Her speech is below, for details of per capita visit:  http://www.percapita.org.au/default.asp   Foreign policy cannot …

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 UK-Philippine, why I’m optimistic about the future

Friday, May 2, 2008

As her Ministerial visit to the Philippines started the following op-ed was published in the daily Philippines Star.    As I begin my first Ministerial visit to the Philippines I can’t help reflecting on the last time I was here - …

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 The Ties that Bind the Philippines and UK

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Prior to her Ministerial visit to the Philippines, Meg provided the following viewpoint for the Annual Business Economic and Political Review: Philippines. For further details visit: …

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 Headsup about Human Rights

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

An on-line debate for young people about Human Rights has started on the Headsup site, Meg has contributed the following. If you are a young person please visit: http://www.headsup.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=s178     The UK …

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 Policing the local football derby

Monday, April 7, 2008

Local derby’s bring excitement for the fans; they also produce headaches for the police who have the job of getting them into the stadium safely. Meg accompanied the police during the January fixture between Sheffield United and Sheffield …

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 Darfur

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Recently a debate was held in Westminster Hall on Darfur to which Meg responded as the relevant Foreign Office Minister. Her wind-up remarks are below; the whole debate is available …

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 The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Meg introduced the debate in the House of Commons on ‘the Uk and the Commonwealth’, her opening remarks are below. Her concluding comments and the rest of the debate are available at: …

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 International Security, Democracy and Trade Unions

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Northern TUC held an international conference in Newcastle at which Meg gave the following speech on the Government’s work in relation to Columbia and Burma. British trade unions have campaigned for the rights and freedoms of workers for …

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 Human Rights in South East Asia

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tom Levitt, the MP for High Peak constituency, invited Meg to give a talk in Buxton about the UK Government’s work in relation to human rights in South East Asia. He invited members of the local Amnesty International groups and concerned …

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 The role of women in conflict resolution and peace-building

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Foreign Office held a conference in London to celebrate International Women’s Day at which Meg gave the following remarks whilst chairing.     Welcome to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I like to say a particular welcome …

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 Appreciating International Women’s Day

Monday, March 10, 2008

Diana Johnson MP invited Meg to give the keynote speech at a celebration for International Women’s Day in Hull.     I want to start by thanking Diana for inviting me; it’s good to be here.   It’s perhaps not …

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 Indonesia in the World

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

At a conference on the role of Indonesia Meg gave the following speech. For further details: http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/index.aspx   I’m pleased to be here at Wilton Park, the first time since joining the Foreign Office last …

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 Neighbours heading in opposite directions

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The following article was published in The Nation, Bangkok’s English language newspaper at the start of a visit to Thailand by Meg.   The dramatic events in Thailand and Burma over the last 15 months have been closely watched around …

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 Women’s Leadership globally and locally

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Meg spoke at the National School of Government’s conference for UK and international public sector women leaders. Thank you for inviting me to open this fourth ‘International Women’s Conference’, organised by the National …

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 The enduring UK/Australia relationship

Friday, February 22, 2008

The following speech was given to the Cook Society, (a British-Australia friendship organisation). Australia and Britain have much in common - our value systems, a lot of shared history and deep and strong economic interests. These are important …

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 Employment of Family Members

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

To confirm the information already available on this website and Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Munn - my husband, Dennis Bates, is employed by me as a researcher/policy advisor in my Westminster office.   In addition, I employ …

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 Burma keeping up the pressure for change

Thursday, January 24, 2008

At a meeting that Meg arranged to be held in Parliament she gave the following speech about the current situation in Burma.   Late last September and early October the situation in Burma dominated our television screens and the front pages. …

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 Consular Deliberations

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

At a reception following the Foreign Office’s Consulate Network conference, Meg made the following remarks.   As the Minister with responsibility for the consular network I’d like to welcome you this evening.   The …

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 Central America Foreign Office Priorities

Thursday, January 17, 2008

At a meeting of the Central America All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) held in Westminster Meg gave the following speech.   Thank you for your introduction and to Viscount Montgomery for inviting me here this afternoon. I welcome this …

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 Taking Engagement Further

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

At the Annual Reception of the China All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) held in Westminster, Meg gave the following remarks.   I want to congratulate the China APPG on another active year in your engagement on China. This group, Chaired by …

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 Message to the Falkland Islanders

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The following short piece was published in Penguin News following Meg’s visit to the Falklands Islands in early January.   “I really enjoyed my first visit to the Falkland Islands.  It was an excellent opportunity to see just …

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