Guest speaker at a buffet supper organised by Hurstbourne Tarrant Conservatives was Lord Howell of Guildford, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. The event was organised by Emma Clarke, Branch Chairman, who was presented with the Cup for most successful branch by Association Chairman Margaret Milner-Williams.
"Lord Howell spoke about the Middle East and, as Foreign Affairs Spokeman in the Lords and a former Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, he did so with great authority. His theme was that, while attention may be focussed on health, education and other domestic issues, our lives can be re-shaped by what happens overseas. The recent doubling of oil prices makes his point. He also said that many of the most dynamic economies of the worls were those of Commonweallth countries and suggested that more could be done with and through the Commonwealth."
Speaking about energy supply, Lord Howell said that, when he was Secretary of State for Energy, he gave the go-ahead for 13 nuclear energy plants.Only one was ever built. He advocated the construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations, not least because they produce no C2 O emissions."
(With apologies for the photograph; we took three, but Emma's eyes were closed in all of them)