The Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng to speak in HMC at invitation of the JCR

In Important information, News on January 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Mr. Boateng, a former solicitor and barrister, rose to prominence in the 1980s whilst serving on the Greater London Council (GLC) with Ken Livingstone, before it was abolished by some politician whose name I forget. He went on to be elected as the Member of Parliament for the London constituency of Brent South, eventually becoming the first black cabinet minister in the UK.

He was a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner, working alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu, amongst others, in the crusade to bring an end to the parlous regime in South Africa. In 2005, Mr. Boateng stood down from Parliament to take up the post as the British High Commissioner in South Africa, which he still holds at present. He is making a short visit to the UK and the fact that he has agreed to give up his limited time before returning to Pretoria to come and address our college (and no doubt take questions) is quite a privilege for us.

He has many other strings to his bow: he’s a Methodist lay preacher, he’s the son of a Ghanaian father and a Scottish mother and he’s also partial to a bit of Bowie. Despite his grand-sounding title, he’s an approachable, genial bloke, who’s very down-to-earth, with a good sense of humour.

Mr. Boateng will speak in the Chapel 5.30pm, and afterwards join us at formal dinner. The topic of his talk will be revealed later. Do come to support this event!


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