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Trooping The Colour 2015

There is no country that does pomp and circumstance better than Britain.

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Great Seal of King John, 1203 © Eton College Archives on display in Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy - British Library
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Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta manuscript, 1215, part of the British Library’s unification event in February 2015
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Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

No free man shall be taken or imprisoned or dispossessed or outlawed or exiled or in any way ruined, nor will we go or send against him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice. –…

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Livstycket: An inspiring project on integration

Livstycket (“Piece of Life”) is one of the most inspiring projects on integration that I have ever come across. It was therefore a very special evening when the organisation held their first London exhibition at the Swedish residence in London.

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Swedish Minister for Financial Markets in London

This week Per Bolund, Swedish Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs visited London to hold talks with Economic Secretary Harriet Baldwin. During his visit Bolund gave a talk at LSE on “Financing a Sustainable Future – Risk and Responsibilities” and at the conference “Responsible Investor. Bolund also gave a breakfast presentation on “Green Investments” at the Swedish residence. The…

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Combating Modern Slavery and Trafficking

Yesterday I attended the International Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery. In my opening speech I paid tribute to Carl Bernhard Wadström – whose visionary political writings very much formed part of the British anti-slavery debate in the 1790s.

Wadström was an economist, industrialist and Swedenborgian whose networking skills were impressive. After moving to…

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Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament.  Photography by Roger Harris.

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament. Photography by Roger Harris.
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State Opening of Parliament

The State Opening of Parliament is a very grand occasion. The Queen’s Speech is written by the Government and sets out the Government’s legislative agenda for the year.

I was listening very carefully to what was said about an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union. In addition I noted that the Government will bring forward proposals for a…

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Claes Jacobsson, Managing Director of Scania and Ambassador Nicola Clase

Claes Jacobsson, Managing Director of Scania and Ambassador Nicola Clase
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Scania Grand Opening in Inverness

It was a great pleasure to travel to Inverness to be present at the grand opening of the new Scania depot. The facilities in Inverness were most impressive and the staff was great.

The Scottish operators have been playing an important role in ensuring further Scania investment in Inverness. They also seem very keen on the performance of Scania’s legendary…

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Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden did it again. On Saturday the Swedish singer Måns Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision Song Contest with the great tune ‘Heroes’. As always it was a very entertaining evening. There is just something about Eurovision that makes it so much fun to watch. It is also one of those evenings when you see some absolutely hilarious twitter comments. It was…

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Caroline Moorehead, Sarah Helm, Jane Caplan, Anne Sebba, Selma van de Perre, Nicola Clase

Caroline Moorehead, Sarah Helm, Jane Caplan, Anne Sebba, Selma van de Perre, Nicola Clase
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If This is a Woman

Earlier this year I attended the launch of Sarah Helm’s outstanding book If This is a Woman – Inside Ravensbrück: Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women. Little used to be known about the Ravensbrück camp despite the fact that by the end of World War II, nearly 130,000 women from more than 20 different European countries had passed through its gates….

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Johan Karlström, CEO of Skanska

Johan Karlström, CEO of Skanska
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Industrial Forum

It was a real pleasure to have Johan Karlström, CEO of Skanska as the key note speaker at Industrial Forum. Karlström gave a most inspirational talk about Skanska and its sustainability agenda. It is clear that Skanska aims high and wants to be a leading industry on sustainable business practices. It was also interesting to learn more about major projects…

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