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How many women will sit in the reformed House of Lords?

While it is admirable for the House of Lords Constitution Committee to state today that we need more women judges in the UK as fewer than one in four is female, it also needs to put its own House in order to improve its representation of women. The House of Lords Reform Bill was one of the hot topics at the recent round-table discussion on the impact of the government’s legislative...
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Tempting Fate offers Prince Harry advice on finding love

I met up with a former client of mine for lunch today, the lovely Liza Moore who runs a successful dating agency in the Cambridge area called Tempting Fate. There is one client I am sure she would love to get on her books, one of the most eligible young men in the world, who would instantly be swamped with offers – our own Prince Harry. He spoke recently about his difficulty in finding a...
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Can a Cambridge start-up win Orange’s £200,000 prize for being different?

Sponsored Post Cambridge’s innovative start-ups are among the best in the world and recognised as a special “phenomenon”.  Now they have the chance to  win up to £200,000 worth of professional services to take their business one step further in a national competition launched by Orange. Their Win Your Business competition is keen to support today’s bright entrepreneurs...
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Declining role of women in public decision making

I am joining a round table discussion today in London about the lack of involvement from women in legislative decision making on policies that affect our every day lives. It follows research conducted by the Centre for Women and Democracy who received funding from the Feminist Review Trust to examine the representation of women on public decision making or scrutiny bodies. The CFWD looked at...
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Abcodia nominated for awards

I’m thrilled to be joining Abcodia’s CEO Julie Barnes (pic) and COO Chris Hodkinson at the Business Weekly annual awards dinner at Queen’s College, Cambridge tomorrow evening as the newly formed molecular diagnostics company has been shortlisted for two awards. I’ve worked with Abcodia since its launch a year ago and am delighted that they have achieved this kind of...
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EU medicinal herbal remedy laws need urgent review

The medicinal herbal remedy industry is at risk in Europe following the introduction of new EU laws a year ago, according to Greer Deal, Director of Global Regulatory Services. She tells me that the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive is being flouted by some companies to avoid paying exhorbitant fees, a system which favours larger companies, while smaller businesses are struggling...
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Women’s winning boardroom formula

It was very pleasing to learn today that the number of women on FTSE 100 boards  looks likely to exceed its target, avoiding the need for quotas. “Women are joining FTSE 100 boards at such a fast rate that they are likely to exceed the target of 25 per cent female directors by 2015,” an official report said today, a year after Lord Davies, the former trade minister, set the target in...
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Sir Christopher Evans on entrepreneurs, life science and ‘knob heads’

The British life science industry is thwarted by lack of investment with a slow regulatory process which is impeding its development, said Sir Christopher Evans, the biotech king who is regarded as one of Europe’s leading medical science entrepreneurs, if not the world, and created the now famous Cambridge cluster of biomedical companies. As someone who has established 45 successful...
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Victoria Gillick and Wisbech migrants

Victoria Gillick of Wisbech has sent me a copy of a letter she has submitted to the Wisbech Standard for publication following my two blog posts about migrants in Wisbech, which can be viewed here, and here. I really enjoyed her accompanying letter which said: “I’m really grateful to you for what you have done for the town … bless your sweet cotton socks.” She also kindly...
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Our intimidating appeal system for special educational needs

I was shocked to discover the painful process that some families have to endure when appealing against their local education authority special educational needs provision for their vulnerable child. According to Janet O’Keefe, a speech and language therapist who attends many tribunals as an expert witness, special educational needs and disability tribunals are organised by the Ministry of...
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