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Should Early Day Motions be abolished?

Brandon Lewis is the latest MP to say Early Day Motions are an expensive and ineffective lobbying tool, and that he wants nothing to do with them. So the questions are, what real value do they have, and if there isn’t any, should their role be reviewed, and even abolished if they are ineffective? In his latest newsletter to constituents, Brandon, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth,...
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How to Tweet your MP, by Grant Shapps

I am one of Grant Shapps’ 50,000 plus followers, the youthful looking Housing and Local Government Minister, who marked his landmark figure by writing the definitive guide on to engage with an MP via Twitter. I knew Grant back in 2005 when he was a parliamentary candidate for Welwyn Hatfield and I was the Conservative Party’s Eastern Region press officer during the general election...
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Congratulations to our latest 92-year-old media star

For the second time in just over a week, a nonagenarian has beaten off stiff competition from young rivals to scoop a top media award. Congratulations to Elaine Morgan, a 92-year-old writer with the Western Mail, who won the Columnist of the Year Award 2011 in the Regional Press Awards. Earlier this month Beryl and Betty, aged 86 and 90 respectively (pic), stunned the nation by winning the best...
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eduroam celebrates a decade of wifi internet access for students around the world

With two sons at university, I imagine they take their instant wifi access on their campus for granted. The first secure roaming internet access of this kind was launched 10 years ago by eduroam® which has today been celebrating its landmark achievement at the prestigious 2012 TERENA Networking Conference – with special recognition for the role of Klaas Wierenga (pic) who first identified...
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The complexities of registering herbal products

What determines whether an herbal product is registered as food, a cosmetic or for medicinal purposes? My client Greer Deal, Director of Global Regulatory Services (GRS), a UK based consultancy to the life science industry, will highlight the complex regulations involved with this when she speaks  at the Vitafoods Europe Conference in Geneva on Thursday, 24 May 2012. The main flavour of her...
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The Cambridge Phenomenon book

I feel a great sense of pride living and working around Cambridge among some extraordinary people and their innovative businesses which have made a difference to all our lives, from the birth of home computers and bluetooth technology, to the creation of round teabags and pioneering drug discovery. The story of The Cambridge Phenomenon, 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise, has just been...
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Would you plan a DIY burial for your loved one?

I had no idea about burials laws until coming across Wendii Miller, a Cambridge graduate, who carried out her own DIY burial for her 98-year-old mother Doris, even digging the grave after collecting her corpse from Grimsby Hospital mortuary and driving her mother’s remains back to her to a burial site outside Harrogate. Wendii, who drove her mother’s body in the back of a camper van...
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Congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg and his bride

Within hours of Mark  Zuckerberg floating Facebook on the stock exchange, he surprised us all by getting married in a low key ceremony in his garden to his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan who had just graduated from medical school. I’m so happy for them both, it’s the perfect end of a perfect week for them both. I have just visited Zuckerberg’s Facebook site where more than...
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Peter Carter, eelman extraordinaire

I enjoyed catching up with Peter Carter today, the country loving eelman, and the only person in the UK to still carry out his trade the traditional way with willow eel traps which he makes himself. His shop in Outwell, Cambridgeshire is stacked with fascinating memorabilia for country lovers and attracts interest from around the world. I was there a few months ago when he was filmed by a...
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Studying for a Masters In Management, UK

London Business School Masters In Management Economies around the world are relying on strong business acumen to survive the present decline. While a strong workforce equipped with experience and skills is vital, they crucially need visionary leaders at the top to steer their business to success. It is also essential to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. The London Business Schoolis...
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Even celebrities fail to adopt

I’m so very proud of my client Francesca Polini for her success in becoming recognised as a leading spokesperson on adoption reforms. Following our considerable campaigning success in the UK,  Francesca’s fame has spread to the United States and her story of adopting from Mexico has been included in a new film made about Sir Elton John. This is her latest blog post about the film....
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Helping Europe’s thalidomide victims to connect

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the horrendous thalidomide drug catastrophe which left thousands with congenital limb deformities which shocked the world. A pan-European organisation is next week launching a new website called DysNet to connect thousands of families around the globe whose lives are affected by thalidomide and and limb differences. It will provide the latest information...
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Concerns over special educational needs reforms

Plans to provide personal budgets for families with special educational needs has raised concerns with Janet O’Keefe, a speech and language therapist who is also an expert witness for families during tribunal appeals against their local authorities. The minister for children and families, Sarah Teather, outlined the proposed reforms which she said this would prevent parents being forced to...
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Champneys boot camp – the big weigh in

Final day, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. We queued nervously for our weigh in this morning after our 7am run/power walk, the last at the end of an exhausting, but exhilarating, week. I was determined to wear the same jeans I wore for my first weigh in and not cheat by jumping on the scales with light weight joggers weighing 3lbs less which would give an inflated result. At the end of  my...
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Champneys boot camp, day 7

Day 7, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. Today is our last day and after a week of extreme exercise, pushing myself beyond my pain barrier, sacrificing tea, coffee, alcohol and bread, surviving on 1500 calories a day, I was also able to enjoy a daily therapeutic treatment which made boot camp all the more tolerable. The day ended with a range of pampering treatments included in the programme;...
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